How long, O Lord?

Today’s Reading: Esther 1:1-3:15, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, Psalm 35:17-28, Proverbs 21:19-20

I have been writing quite a bit about having a life greater than I can imagine, but Psalm 34 is about a faithful believer going through just the opposite. David wrote this Psalm when he was fleeing from King Saul, who was seeking to kill him.

17 How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing?
Rescue me from their fierce attacks.
Protect my life from these lions!

I have been reluctant to pray like this, but David was not. When he was struggling or under attack, he was brutally honest with God. He was also bold in asking for protection and the defeat of his enemies.

23 Wake up! Rise to my defense!
    Take up my case, my God and my Lord.
24 Declare me not guilty, O Lord my God, for you give justice. Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.
25 Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted!
    Now we will eat him alive!”
26 May those who rejoice at my troubles
    be humiliated and disgraced.
May those who triumph over me
    be covered with shame and dishonor.
27 But give great joy to those who came to my defense.
    Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord,
    who delights in blessing his servant with peace!”

I should learn to pray like David in the battles that I face. These battles are often in my own head and heart, but they also happen in relationship with other people when I feel attacked or confused by their words or actions.

Do you ever feel like asking God, “How long, O Lord?” Perhaps I will have the opportunity to pray this prayer in the next week.


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