How long, God? How long? Have you ever said these words? You said them, shaking in your boots, wondering if God was going to strike you dead. You said them and you are still reading this so God is more patient with your anger then you think. Human literature is filled with the cries of people, including devout followers of God asking, “How long, God? How long?” Over 3,000 years ago the Psalmist asked this question:
How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.
I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you. – Psalm 35:17-18
The Psalmist does not base his praise of God based on God’s deliverance from his enemies; the Psalmist makes a choice to praise God even if there is no immediate sign of God’s intervention. My cousin, Henry, is going through a difficult time right now. His wife, Erica, has gone missing from their home for over 49 days. In the middle of his anguish, Henry is still writing Psalms of praise to God because he knows God is greater than even this terrible trial. It is all a matter on what you cast your eyes on – your circumstances or God who is greater than your circumstances. – Ron Friesen