Vs. 1, “How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” Inquiring minds want to know. Since the dawning of the first family, we have asked questions (Genesis 4). The very heart of any question can range from sincere genuine seeking to adversarial challenges. King David questions the LORD in our psalm today (vs. 1-2). David outpouring of anguish causes his heart to wonder. But David’s questioning is one that is seeking to grow his faith in the midst of tough circumstances (vs. 3-4). His life was in jeopardy and the enemy seemed to be close to victory. But the time of lament and questioning was needed in David’s prayer. For it was through the darkness that David was reminded of God’s light (vs. 5-6).
Regarding application…God’s Unfailing Love. Vs. 5, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” Question: What is love? There is a biblical love that is unfailing; the Hebrew word (ḥeseḏ). It is God’s loyal love given to those who trust in Him. God’s love is a covenant that He made with his people. There is nothing that can separate God’s love from those who trust in Him (Romans 8). Take our earthly relationships for example. There is nothing that can keep me from loving my wife. She is precious to me. I would die for her. If this wretched person can have a glimpse of God’s unfailing love, how much greater is God’s love? The depth of His love is something I cannot even imagine. Thank you Lord for you unfailing love!