SATURDAY, JULY 14
I will honour the Lord in
His house tomorrow.
“O LORD JESUS, HOW LONG, HOW LONG?”
In “Christ Returneth,” there is the refrain: “O Lord Jesus, how long, how long?” This we have borrowed for the title of this Psalm.
While it is good that we refrain from murmuring, it is our opinion, in the light of Jesus’ parable of the widow and the judge (Luke 18:1-8) that David’s importunity be our stimulation to greater intensity in prayer! May we describe David’s “how long” prayer to be one in the super-optative mood, and our prayers often in the indicative mood. Our prayers are not directed vertically but horizontally. Applying the lesson of Jesus’ parable to our situation, He concludes, “… (God) will avenge them speedily …”
In times of extreme pressure, an hour seems an age and a day an eternity. It pleased God to put David, especially in his young days, in many a trying situation, like gold in the fire, to purify him. Without the multiplied trials and temptations that he had to undergo, he would not have become the greatest king of Israel. “A man after his own heart” (1 Sam 13:14), he passed the tests with flying colours save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite (1 Kings 15:5). David became the model for every Judean king after him. “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth” (Lam 3:27). When you are young you must be tested the more, but do you know the way of escape? Through prayer, earnest prayer.
When we plead so strongly with the God of our salvation, will He come speedily to our rescue? In this Psalm we see Him very quickly on the scene to deliver His beloved. No sooner has David cried out to God than the answer of his deliverance from his enemies comes. This is attested in the concluding two verses. This is his constant hope experienced after a night of sorrowful pleading (Ps 30:5). Let us learn to pray with David, “How long?”
THOUGHT: “For His anger is only for a moment, But his mercy for ever shall endure, Though our tears flow down all the night long, Dawn breaks forth with song.”
PRAYER: Father, may I persevere in prayer, for Thou answerest prayers.