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How Long, O Lord?

“How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?” (Psalm 89:46). The psalm which began with such jubilant exultation has turned to sorrow—almost despair. After a lengthy reflection on God’s might (vv.5-17) and His establishment of the kingly line of David (vv.18-37), the psalmist reflects on the current state of affairs, when God’s people had been overthrown and oppressed (vv.38-45). The latter portion expresses this lament in a plea for God’s deliverance. In trouble and distress, God’s people call out to Him.

When it’s hard to see a light ahead, trust in the Lord. When you wonder if your suffering will ever end, if your burden will ever be lifted, call out to the Lord. God is there, compassionate and merciful, wise and strong. He looks graciously upon the humble and needy, and carries them in His almighty strength.

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