A Season of Psalms - Psalm 6:3-4
“My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“What is taking so long???” Most of us are prone to ask that question, whether at a stoplight, in a grocery store line, or as we brew instant coffee. We want what we want and we want it now, and when we don’t get it, we become fidgety and fretful. The American attitude toward waiting is reflected by the sign, “Antiques Manufactured Here While You Wait.”
David was in agony, crying out against God’s waiting period: “How long, Lord?” Even though he cried out for deliverance, David understood that he couldn’t speed up God’s timetable. God would answer and provide deliverance at the appropriate time. That’s a hard lesson for us to learn today: we can’t advance God’s timetable. When we pray, we want an answer now, or at least in the not-too-distant future. What we fail to realize is that God will answer in God’s Standard Time (GST), which often means that He will take His time answering until He’s sure we’re ready to hear what He has to say. Patience is the only alternative.
James 4:3 says that when we ask God for “stuff,” we don’t receive it because we ask with the wrong motives. What God wants above all else in His children is godly character, which is far more important to Him than answering our prayers for success or material things. He wants to use you, but He also wants you ready to be used. God hears our plea and accepts our prayer; if we’ll be patient, we’ll have a front-row seat to see what our God can do!
Further Reading: James 4:1-3; Psalm 88