1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
There were times in the Psalmist life when he felt God was not hearing his prayer. In verses 1-4 he shares the fear of the silence of God. As I read this Psalm it reminded me of today, this Covid-19 day. All of us have prayed and asked God to remove this virus, to bring it to an end, or to heal our friends or family from it. God has seemed to be silent. He has seemed to hide His face from us and to leave sorrow in our hearts. Our eyes need His light, or we too might sleep the sleep of death. Those who reject God, His enemies, have assumed that we will be overcome and seem to rejoice when those who call upon the Lord get sick.
This is not an overreach. We are struggling today with the apparent silence of God.
In verse 5, the Psalmist changes his focus, and so must we. God’s unfailing love is His steadfast, never changing, undeserved love. This is a love that we can trust even when we have doubts. Our hearts can rejoice knowing that God has a salvation planned for us. We may not know when His salvation will come but we are certain it will; His unfailing love will not leave us alone.
Because God’s love is steadfast, we can sing His praise. Note here that the Psalmist does not say that his circumstances have changed, but his focus has changed. In the middle of our Covid-19 days, we can rest in the unfailing love of God and we can sing His praises for His goodness to us. God is good to us: He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins so that we can be made righteous in Him. So, while our circumstances seem bleak, our eternity is secure. Sing God’s praises with me today; He has been good to us.