O Lord, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior. Psalm 38:21-22
Today’s Psalm passage closes out the 38th Psalm in a very unusual manner. King David had just prayed, “I wait for you, O Lord; you will answer, O Lord my God.” Now David cries out to God in an almost panicked voice to come quickly to his aid and not forsake Him. What happened to his patient waiting upon the Lord?
I suppose even David had human tendencies and at times felt the pressing need to remind God to hurry up! Have you ever felt like King David? By that I mean, you mouth speaks the words, “I wait for you Lord and I know you will answer” but your heart is saying, “Come quickly to my aid and do not forsake me!”
I’ve certainly been there in my life many times but nothing like the past month. You see, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer about four weeks ago. There were lots of procedures, lots of praying, and lots of waiting for results. Finally, the word came; they caught the cancer early and my wife would only have a lumpectomy. The surgery was swift and sure as they removed the cancerous invader from my wife’s body. We now await the decision on the length of radiation treatments and DNA test results which will determine if chemotherapy is required.
I, like David, cried out to God to come quickly to the aid of my wife. However, I knew deep within my heart God was in control of all things. All I needed to do was wait on His perfect timing for my selfish heartfelt requests. As I waited, the stress and anxiety made the impacts of Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease even more prevalent (stress often exacerbates the symptoms of the disease). But thankfully, God stepped in to ease the stress and calm my anxiety. All I needed to do was take time to be still before Him, read His Word, talk with Him, and allow the Holy Spirit to comfort me.
If the stress of worldly worries are wearing you down and you are wondering why God isn’t coming quickly to your aid, then simply slow down, spend time reading His Word, and partake in purposeful prayer with God about your worries. You will find God is right beside you, He has not forsaken you, His Holy Spirit is working tirelessly to comfort you, and His strength is more than sufficient to carry you through. Remember, He loves you dearly and He does come quickly to help you!