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Singing When God Delays

CJ Harris, May 31, 2014
Singing When God Delays

Psalm 13:1

“How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?”

No one enjoys being forgotten. Consider how it feels when a friend—or worse, a loved one—forgets our birthday. Or think how we feel when someone we’ve gone to meet never shows up for the appointment. We’d probably all agree that being forgotten hurts.

When it seems like God has forgotten us, we often respond with worry, fear, and frustration. Perhaps you’ve prayed for grace during a painful illness, but instead of improving, you feel worse each day. Maybe you’ve asked for wisdom and guidance in making a decision, but when the deadline arrives, you’re still unsure. Or you’ve earnestly begged God to heal a broken relationship, but the breach only widens. Experiencing a similar trial and feeling forgotten, David cried out, “How long, O Lord?”

How do we respond when God appears to delay? What can we do when we feel lost and alone?

David reminds us of the right response: to reflect on God’s character and rejoice in Him.

When God delays, remember what you know about Him. How can we doubt His merciful love when we meditate on His gift of salvation? We are told and shown repeatedly that His mercy and abiding love never end. Reflect on the ways God has shown that mercy and love throughout a lifetime, rather than focusing on the snapshot of this one moment.

As we reflect on God’s character, we can’t help praising and thanking Him. Rejoice in God’s bountiful love and faithful provision, as David did (vv. 5–6). Sing of your God and of the hope He gives. Remember your heavenly Father, for He certainly remembers you.

Final Thought: When God delays, remember His goodness and praise Him.



CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.

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