As part of Wednesday’s Prayer ‘Gathering’ we meditated on Psalm 13 – we noted that David asks God four times “How long?” in the opening 2 verses. I also read this morning the very first words of Habakkuk in his prophecy: “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen?” (1v2).
We thought on Wednesday that David wasn’t necessarily asking God for timescales but rather saying he couldn’t hold on much longer. Do you feel the same this morning? Perhaps you wonder how much more of the current crisis you can take.
Following the Prayer ‘Gathering’, Sonia (this morning’s video star) circulated to some of us a song by Brian Doerksen based on Psalm 13 which describes the Lord Jesus asking exactly the same question as He goes to and dies on the cross. Can you see the amazing link with the Lord’s agonizing question in Matthew 27v46 “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”? When I looked again at Psalm 13 and Habakkuk 1v2 I noticed, remarkably, in the former that v1 also asks “How long will You hide Your face from me?” and in the latter the question continues “How long, O Lord, must I …. cry out to You, “Violence!” but You do not save?”
Sometimes heaven is silent. Yet God still hears all our cries. The Father surely heard His Son. Through Jesus’ death came glorious, eternal life. Through the tears there will come joy, perhaps not fully in this life but certainly throughout eternity. Let us continue being real with God, coming to Him with our questions and yet also clinging by faith to Him in the wonderful words that David concludes this psalm: “But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me” (v5,6). Surely Jesus also repeated these words, even as He asked “How long, O Lord?”
Peace and Grace