Trust in the Salvation of the Lord
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; Enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; 4 Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him”; Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved. 5 But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.
The following commentary is from Warren Wiersbe’s book, ‘BE Worshipful’
By the grace of God, David turned his sufferings into songs and left those songs behind to encourage us in our trials (2 Cor. 1:2-11). In this brief psalm, David deals with his feelings, his foes and his faith.
The Inward Struggle—-His Feelings (vv. 1-2)……Saul was doing evil things, and God was not judging him, and yet David was doing good things and felt abandoned by the Lord……when we’re in trouble and pray for help, but none comes, we tend to feel deserted. David felt that God was ignoring him and that this alienation was final and complete……To behold God’s face by faith and see His glory were always an encouragement to David, but now he felt abandoned.
Feeling like he was left to himself, David tried to devise various ways to overcome the enemy (“wrestle with my thoughts,” v. 2 NIV), but nothing seemed to satisfy him. But faith is living without scheming; it means not leaning on our own experiences and own skills and trying to plot our own schedule (Prov. 3:5-6)……It’s a dangerous thing to give into our feelings, because our feelings are deceptive and undependable (Jer. 17:9)……David eventually learned to replace the question “How long O Lord?” with the affirmation “My times are in thy hand” (31:15). This is a lesson all believers must learn.
The Outward Danger—-His Foes (vv.3-4) It’s good to have peace within you, but you also need protection around you. That’s why David prayed to the Lord and made three requests. The first was, “Look on me,” a plea for the Lord to fix His eyes on His servant and scrutinize him……His second request was that the Lord answer him and send some kind of encouragement……” Give light to my eyes” was the third prayer. This involved only spiritual enlightenment (19:8) but also physical and emotional vitality and strength (Ezra 9:8; 1 Sam. 14:24-30). When the mind and body are weary, how easy it is to be discouraged!……
The Upward Look—-His Faith (vv. 5-6). The little word ‘but’ indicates a transition from fear to faith and from questioning to claiming God’s promises……God’s people don’t live on explanations; they live on promises, and those promises are as unchanging as the character of God. “According to your faith, be it unto you” (Matt. 9:29).
Relying on the Lord leads to rejoicing in the Lord and His salvation (yeshua). The word ‘bountiful’ focuses on the goodness of God and His generosity in dealing with His people in grace……David’s circumstances haven’t changed him, but the Lord has changed him, and that occurred when David stopped looking at his feelings and his foes and by faith started looking at the Lord.
When we are down, it can effect the amount of time we usually spend with the Lord each day, when we allow Him to speak to us through His word and when we speak to Him in prayer. As hard as it may seem at times to do, these are the times we need to increase our time with Him, not decrease. Spend more time praising Him in prayer and thanking Him for the tough times as well as the good and also allow the comfort of His word to get you through a tough day as you spend more time reading the Bible.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.