We like to put masks on. We all do it. We want to pretend that we’re happy and doing okay even when we’re just not. Because often we’re not okay. Sometimes we’re miserable. Sometimes our minds are filled with doubt and fear and guilt and shame. Our sorrow seems to crush us and our we can barely catch our breath.
That’s why I absolutely LOVE the Psalms. They’re written by real people in real, deep sorrow, difficulties and struggle. I love the honesty and realness and wanted to share this one with you today:
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.
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.
Even when we feel we’re in the pit, I pray we, with David can still say “But I have trusted in the Lord; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation… I will still rejoice and sing because you have dealt bountifully with me.”
Ps- Sojourn has a song rendition of this Psalm called How Long and I would highly recommend this!