Read Psalm 38:15-22. 15But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. 16For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me, who boast against me when my foot slips!” 17For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me. 18I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin. 19But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully. 20Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good. 21Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! 22Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
Psalm 38 demonstrates the complexity of life. Very little in our walk with God is cut and dry, black and white. David is both guilty and innocent. Oppressor and oppressed. Wicked and loved. Stable and unstable. Desperate and waiting.
Does that sound at all like your own condition?
In the midst of this complexity the only recourse David has is to wait. But not silently. David’s complex situation is met with prayerful simplicity. There’s only one request, one thing he desires – God himself. Do not forsake me. Be not far from me. Help me. How can he make such demands of God? Because of who God is and what God has promised to be.
O LORD – Yahweh. The personal name of God. I will be who I will be.
My God – A personal relationship with God. I will be your God.
O Lord – Adonai. Master. I will rule your life in faithfulness.
My salvation – Savior. I will rescue your life.
Do we lack any of these same promises in Christ? No. Must we have the same confidence in our waiting? Yes. Even more so. For to live is Christ is to know we are never forsaken, never away from God, never without the Helper guiding our heart, even through the most complex situations of life.
Prayer. Jesus, you are Yahweh, my God. My Master. My Savior. My Helper. Help me wait for you in simple faith today. Amen.
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