Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them–the Lord, who remains faithful forever. ~ Psalm 146:5-6
The Lord who remains faithful forever…That’s the part I need to hold onto. That’s the part I sometimes forget. The Bible says we’re supposed to make our requests known to God, and as such, I was praying the other day for something my husband and I have been praying and believing for, for several months now. In the midst of it all, God whispered to my desperate heart, “Why do you question me?” My honest answer: Because I’ve had these same requests out there for a long time with no answer. There, I said it. I spoke my honest heart and lived to tell the tale. I didn’t get struck down by lightning because I was honest…or even because I doubted.
This psalm was perfect for me, because it reminded me that He is faithful, always. Forever is a really long time and I’m grateful for it. The thing that amazes most about the conversation I had with God is that He didn’t scold me, nor did He play into my pity party. Instead, like all good teachers, He redirected my thoughts. He said, “I’ve answered you in other ways. You must trust me.”
A good teacher redirects poor patterns, both in thought and action. A good father gives hope and encouragement. My Lord and Savior remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. ~ Psalm 146:7-8
3 responses to “Psalm 136, 146; 1 Corinthians 3”
I find waiting for God one of the toughest things to do, but it’s always been in the ache and longing that I have found God. When I’ve admitted my disappointment and frustration, He’s spoken and like you, lovingly. Don’t know why it works this way, but I am glad it does.
That is a beautiful response to God.
When I question God’s answer or His silence these days, my inclination is to do a spot-check inventory. What drives my negative thoughts and emotions? What do I crave? What causes me to lose contentment? Oh, yes, it is my expectations. I must remind myself that all is not as I would wish it to be in heavenly places, and probably for good reason!