“The request as we wait”

Psalm 27:9-14

Have you ever felt unseen, invisible, insignificant, or unimportant?  Some times people talk over you, around you, past you and it feels like you don’t matter.  My husband is progressing with dementia and is becoming more and more silent and it is so easy to forget that he listens and perhaps at some level understands.  Often we assume young children don’t understand.  Our youngest son at age two would put his hands on both sides of our face, turn us towards him and ask what a word meant.  He was listening.

         King David is pleading with the Lord.  Psalm 27 is a song of lament, a psalm that expresses genuine dismay as David faces enemies.  He calls on God as his potential light, salvation, and stronghold but he also sees his enemies surrounding him.  The last verses of the Psalm are often quoted.  “Do not hide,” “do not turn away,” “do not forsake me,” teach me,” and “lead me.”  Those are the cries from the gut of a person who needs help.  I know those cries and I bet you do to.  David continues, though, “13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”  David is not thinking about resolution by going to heaven.  He realizes God acts now in the reality of our everyday lives.  His conclusion, “wait for the Lord,” “be strong,” “take heart,” and “wait.”

         Waiting is not easy but God does act.  Resurrection is not just an event but a reality that affects our lives.  And God’s answer is so much better than our thrown together solutions emerging from the stress of the moment.  May God bless you as you wait on him.  He sees the big picture.  He cares for all parties.  And he acts.  Blessings.

Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger;
         you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my   Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my        oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
          I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

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