“Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord — how long?” (Psalm 6:2,3 ESV)
Have you had those times when you just didn’t know when _____ would end? When it seems like you have bent and bent and bent and you just didn’t know if you could bend any more?
“I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.” (Psalm 6:6-7 ESV)
Depression has set in. Hopelessness. Just plain tired.
And then, the answer. . .
“Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.” (Psalm 6:8-9 ESV)
A renewed confidence. Hope has returned because truth is remembered. God hears.me. God accepts me as His child. God knows the circumstances. Even more, God understands and knows about every hidden attitude and motive. Nothing escapes Him. Nothing.
There will still be grief. There will still be opposition. Possibly in the “listening time” God may point out the work I have to do to restore a relationship. Maybe I need to repent of some bitterness. Having hope in God’s character isn’t a magic pill that makes everything “ok.” God is far more concerned with my character than my circumstance . . .
By the way, did you notice that the psalmist didn’t get an answer to “how long” ________________ would last? Often God will answer what we need, not necessarily what we verbally ask . . .