“1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God!
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;
my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
The Psalmists ask, “How long, O LORD? How long will you hide your face from me?” Too often, I find this question trying to make its way into my morning prayers these days. COVID has become an unwanted guest who has long overstayed its welcome. It’s devastation now stretches our minds beyond our ability to comprehend it. Three hundred thousand fellow citizens have now lost their lives to this invisible enemy. “How long, O LORD, must we bear the pain in our souls?”
These are fair questions for the Psalmist and us to ask God.
The Psalmist reminds us, too, that we are people of faith. And, like the Psalmist, we must trust in the steadfast love of God. The time for rejoicing will come once more for those who remain steadfast in their faith in and love of God.
Be a blessing to someone today!