1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God!
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;
my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
This is a simple psalm of lament attributed to King David, who is believed to have written over 70 of the 150 psalms. We don’t know the kind of struggle David is enduring, but it has apparently gone on for some time. David wonders, “How long, O Lord?” How long indeed. God can take a while to come to the aid of his children.
I’m into my second week of being sick. Started as a cold, then bronchitis, then something like the flu, now back to a bad cold without the respiratory infection. Some people say it’s a virus that’s going around. IDK. I took a round of antibiotics after I saw a doctor a week ago and I’m still sick. Whatever it is, I’m tired of it. Your prayers are coveted.
How long, O Lord? Seriously. Send your healing into my body, and into that bodies of all who suffer illness today. Amen.