How long oh Lord will You forget me? How long oh Lord will You hide, hide Your face from me?

10 Jan

This morning I was reading through Psalm 10.  The title to today’s post actually come from Psalm 13, but they have the same meaning as in Psalm 10.  In the Psalm the writer is lamenting the woes of everything that is going on around him.  Initially the writer believes that God is standing far off from Israel and simply letting anything and everything happen to the nation.  He speaks of the fact that there is rampant wickedness and evil in the land, and that it seems like there is no avenue of recourse against these people who practice evil.  It is generally not a fun time to be in Israel.

However, none of this had taken God by surprise.  The situation in Israel was never out of God’s control.  The writer in exclaims in verse 16, “The LORD is king forever and ever.”  Even though the situation around him was dire, the psalmist knew that God was in control and that He would be glorified through this situation.

I think there is a very strong parallel that we can draw from this as well.  The situation described by the psalmist is not drastically different from the national situation that we find ourselves in currently.  However God is still on his throne.  The fact of the matter is that at all times throughout history believers have lamented the evil, violence, criminal activity, and ungodliness that they witness around them.  But God is the hope for the hopeless, and He knows our troubles.  He is not a God who is unfamiliar with trials of his creation.  He knows the anguish that comes from living in a hopelessly broken world, but he also has the big picture in mind as well.  He knows that in the timeline of God the victory is already won.  He will return one day and establish an earthly kingdom where He will reign and believers will rule with him.  Oh how glorious that day will be!

So until then we may think at times that God has forgotten us, and it may seem like all hell literally has broken loose.  However, we must keep reading through the psalm and cry with the psalmist, “Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted…O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of earth may strike terror no more.”

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