How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
Have you ever felt like David did? Have you ever felt like your problems were going to last forever and would never stop? Have you ever felt like God either didn’t know about what you were going through or didn’t care? Have you ever wanted to get up and move forward, but you felt like the hardships and burdens of life, as well as the thorns in your side, just kept pushing you back down over and over again?
How do you press on and remain steadfast? How do you persevere? How do you keep moving forward?
Look at what David wrote next:
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
David learned to trust in God. Specifically, in the fact that God loved him, and that God’s love was steadfast. Immovable. Faithful. Always there.
And here’s the kicker. Trusting in God’s steadfast love – his endurance, his patience, his perseverance – is what helped David to become steadfast. It’s what helped David endure and be patient and persevere in the midst of hardship. David did what Paul talked about: “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).
And so can you. Trusting whole-heartedly that God is faithful and steadfast can help us become more faithful and steadfast too.