O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O LORD my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me.
The psalm is traditionally attributed to David, and in a time when his enemies, perhaps during the civil war in his later life, were for all intents and purposes, winning.
verse 3 – For Christ lighteneth souls, and maketh them to watch: but if His light He taketh away, they slumber. For for this cause to Him there is said in another psalm, “Lighten mine eyes, that I may never slumber in death.” – Augustine
There is little wonder why these psalms have survived for the centuries. Here, the author, surrounded by enemies still counts only on God’s unfailing love to rescue him. Through it all, the author still sings to God for His goodness.
I haven’t always been able to do so, have you?