10/23/2021–How Long, Lord, Must We Wait?
Though it has been nearly a year since the 2020 Election (in the USA) plus the previous year with the shadow of COVID 19 hanging over us, and with corrupt rulers all over the world trying to cancel the Church, take out Jesus, rid the world of “plebeians,” and set into motion a “New World Order,” it has sometimes felt more like five…maybe even 10…years.
At times many of us (probably most of us) have felt like the psalmist must have, when composing the following three psalms…
NOTE: Throughout these psalms, the psalmist talks about people spreading deceit and boasting against God, calling them “ignorant fools” in Psalm 14–who continue to say, and act as if, “There is no God.” However, each psalm is interrupted more than once by comments regarding the righteous, which are the reverse of the comments regarding the “ignorant fools.” Finally, rounding out the three psalms with a precious note of hope, Psalm 14:7 is the psalmist’s prayer for the oppressed. This should be our “take-away”–the part that we can hang onto, because God’s will for His people never changes.
Psalm 12 (AMP)
1…Save and help and rescue, Lord, for godly people cease to be, for the faithful vanish from among the sons of men.
2…They speak deceitful and worthless words to one another; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
3…May the Lord cut off all flattering lips [and] the tongue that speaks great things [in boasting],
4…who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail. Our lips are our own. Who is lord and master over us?”
5…“Because of the devastation of the afflicted [and] because of the groaning of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord. “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
6…The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.
7…You, O Lord, will preserve and keep them. You will protect him from this [evil] generation forever.
8…The wicked strut about [in pompous self-importance] on every side, as vileness is exalted and baseness is prized among the sons of men.
Psalm 13 (AMP)
1…How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
2…How long must I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart day after day? How long will my enemy exalt himself and triumph over me?
3…Consider and answer me, O Lord my God. Give light (life) to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
4…and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken,
5…but I have trusted and relied on and been confident in Your lovingkindness and faithfulness. My heart shall rejoice and delight in Your salvation.
6…I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 14 (AMP)
1…The [spiritually ignorant] fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They [the spiritually ignorant fools] are corrupt; they have committed repulsive and unspeakable deeds. There is no one [of them] who does good.
2…The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand (act wisely), who [truly] seek after God, [longing for His wisdom and guidance].
3…They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one.
4…Have all the workers of wickedness and injustice no knowledge (who eat up my people as they eat bread), and do not call upon the Lord?
5…There they tremble with great fear. [Why?] For God is with the [consistently] righteous generation.
6…You [evildoers/ignorant fools] shamefully plan against the poor. HOWEVER, the Lord is his [the poor’s] safe refuge.
7…Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores His captive people, then Jacob/Israel will rejoice [and] will be glad.
I didn’t research the amount of time encompassed by the contents of those three psalms. However, I can guarantee you that it was a WHOLE lot longer than what we have been going through for the past nearly 12 months since November 3, 2020. I can also tell you that the Bible does tell us that eventually that time period DID pass. Even without reading the Bible, we know that, by the fact that Israel is now its own nation–though there are still 28 countries who don’t recognize it as being sovereign.
All of this (which was being brought to God’s attention in those three psalms) was not the ONLY time that God’s people have had to fight for their lives and their nation, and you can see by the above article, that (even now) there are still battles to be won.
Tonight, (though I’ve realized this for quite some time) it occurred to me that there are those in the Church Body/Bride of Christ who have NOT perceived this.
It has NOT just been since November 3, 2020, that WE (the Church–in the USA, AND in all of the other global nations) have been fighting this LATEST AND LAST battle FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME, OVERALL, as has Israel. We are part of the same picture, spiritually.
In actuality–since Jesus became the unblemished Lamb of God who then became the final sin sacrifice, and who rose from the dead, therefore paying the price to buy us ALL back from the power of sin–we are now “bound hand and foot” WITH Israel, in their lifelong battle. God’s people (first Adam and Eve, then those under the old covenant/Old Testament, then those who have believed in Jesus and live under the new covenant/New Testament (which includes BOTH Jew and Gentile) have spent CENTURIES waiting for this moment in time.
I’m not saying this in order to complain. I’m saying this in order to encourage the Church to stand up AGAINST this spiritual enemy that is STILL working against God in the same old and evil ways he always has.
I’m saying this to remind people that GOD (our General) ALWAYS WINS. There is no shadow of turning with Him. He is, He was, and He always will be. We, then, as HIS people, will always be, also–whether that means we still abide here on Earth, or we go to be with Him in Heaven. He has stated that over and over again, to His people, and He has always proved out His Word. He is doing so again.
There should be, then, nothing but JOY for God’s people, ESPECIALLY in these days, where God is beginning to show forth more and more of His wonderful glory right here ON our Earth (that He made for us so long ago). Instead of worrying and being afraid, we should be spending our days in the joy of the Lord–worshiping Him steadily and strongly.
You might want to read Nehemiah 8 all the way through, for more understanding of this type of waiting. At the very least there’s a particularly pertinent word for us, right now…
Nehemiah 8:9-12 (AMP)
9…Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the Law.
10…Then Ezra said to them, “Go [your way], eat the rich festival food, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be worried, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and your stronghold.”
11…So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Be still, for the day is holy; do not be worried.”
12…Then all the people went on their way to eat, to drink, to send portions [of food to others] and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been communicated to them.
How long, then, must we wait? Stop worrying about any certain length of time. God isn’t!