while we lament, he is still faithful
By Hannah Gallagher
October 21, 2020
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1 Timothy 6:1-21
I often turn to the Psalms when I’m experiencing seasons of extremes, whether it be times of great joy or times of hardship. I find that the book of Psalms is able to capture, quite eloquently, the thoughts and emotions I experience during my times of joyous worship or times of lament. David and the other psalmists turned to writing prayers and songs to God during all seasons of life.
In today’s reading, we find ourselves in the second half of Psalm 89. It is important to reference the first half from yesterday since the tone of the psalm changes in verse 38 from praise to lament. The psalmist starts with singing of God’s covenant love and His praiseworthiness, and ends lamenting and crying out to God to remember Israel and His covenant with David. Today’s reading consists of the psalmist struggling with God’s faithfulness, unable to see the promises God said He would fulfill.
Times are uncertain right now. And while our hope is in Christ alone, we still have permission to lament during the difficult seasons of life. In verse 46, the psalmist writes “How long, Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?” Perhaps God feels distant right now and it is difficult to see His promises. Find the psalms that cry out to God and lean into words. Or maybe God feels so close to you and His faithfulness is clear in your life. Search for the psalms that worship God and echo those praises.
The final verse of Psalm 89 is this: “Praise be to the Lord forever! Amen and Amen”. The psalmist lamented and cried out to God, yet ends the psalm with praise. Despite our hardships, God is faithful. Praise His name forever.
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
— 1 Timothy 6:11
Prayer to start with: Lord, you are sovereign over all. You are steadfast when we find ourselves in the valley and on the mountain. Let us sing your praises through our tears of joy and our tears of sorrow. God, we pray for open eyes and ears to be aware of the many ways your faithfulness has been evident in our lives, even when you feel distant. Thank you for your loving kindness and for your peace that passes all understanding. Great is your faithfulness. Amen.