Title: Remembering and Predicting
This is a short Psalm of 6 verses.
Through the first four verses, King David pours out his anguish in vivid language.
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
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? (verses 1-2)
There have been days where I felt hopeless, too. One was when I was lost in Croatia during my first week there. I was 16 years old without a cell phone or a map or a clue. Then, there are the slow-grinding pressures of school and work that accumulate from day to day and can weigh very heavily upon the soul. Still, I have never been pursued as a fugitive as King David was. I have never been in war and never been close enough to touch the robe of one who sought to kill me. No doubt David suffered so much more than I can understand.
Yet, King David is strong enough to end the Psalm with praise for his God.
But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me. (verses 5-6)
I wonder, when I look at this and when I see the example of Job - how can their hearts have the strength to utter such praises? Even when I am burdened by little worries and insignificant bothers, I find it hard to lift myself from despair and gloom. How can they rise above these pressures?
I think King David explains how he is able to do this.
He "trusts" and "remembers."
In order to trust someone, it is necessary to know someone.
King David knew God and walked with Him very closely. He had experienced God's mercies and recognized His hand working in his life. It is when he remembered these things that he could trust God. It is when he recalled what God had done that he could sing praise.
This is a lesson to me, as well. God has blessed me, too.
For me, He has made a way, he has broken a curse, he has given me the light of life.
Also, I need to look and see how God has blessed generations before me. I can learn if I study. Once I know God, through study and reflection, I can then trust Him and find the peace and joy that comes from the knowledge and Spirit of God.
One Word: Remembrance leads to trust; Trust leads to joy