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How Long Will You Forget Me?

How long?How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need? Psalm 13:1Psalm 13:1
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13 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David. 1 How long, Yahweh? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

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“I spoke of an Army on the point of entering an enemy’s territories. Answering the question as to the cause of delay: ‘Waiting for supplies.’ The answer might also have been: ‘Waiting for instructions, ‘Waiting for orders.’ If the last dispatch had not been received, with the final orders of the commander in chief, the army dared not move. Even so in the Christian life – as deep as the need of waiting for supplies is that of waiting for instructions.” —Andrew Murray

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When we are waiting for God to show us the way and what we should do next, stillness is difficult, and so is our waiting, but trust is the essential element that makes our stillness (and our waiting) peacefully possible.

Pause to think about that.

When I am weary with waiting and I just want to get on with it—standing still can be like a gorilla stomping on my last nerve!

I’ve been there.

So have you.

It is our trust in Someone who is greater, and more knowledgable about our situation, that will sustain me in the waiting.

If I trust Him I will wait.

No matter how long it takes.

I will believe in the instructions that I am waiting for even though I do not know what they will be.

If I trust Him, I will know that Love will not keep me waiting one second past “the right time” to move forward.

And it’s a funny thing about all that waiting.

(Take it from one who has waited many, many, years.)

All that waiting?

It builds TRUST.

Confident HopeHow long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need?  How long must I be hiding daily anguish in my heart? How long shall my enemy have the upper hand?

Answer me, O Lord my God; give me light in my darkness lest I die.  Don’t let my enemies say, “We have conquered him!” Don’t let them gloat that I am down.

But I will always trust in you and in your mercy and shall rejoice in your salvation.  I will sing to the Lord because he has blessed me so richly.  Psalm 13


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How Long

A Good Lament

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I remember long ago this songwriter God.

(You know the one.)

He asked the question:

Where are the lamentations for modern day?

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He implied ( I thought) that lamentations were GOOD… necessary, now as then.

Well… is that true?

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Lamentation: makes the hard and cruel – disgusted.

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(Is that good?)

Lamentation: makes the shallow, impatient.

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(Is that good?)

Lamentation: makes the pompous reject.

(Is that good?)

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These strutting-saints in purple robes, all chorus, “No!” in unison.

They think sad words a total waste.

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But songwriter has me thinking twice.

Perhaps this oxymoron just might work.

For is it not true…

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That Lamentation gives voice to the crushed in spirit.

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(Isn’t that good?)

Lamentation dignifies – not disqualifies.

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(Isn’t that good?)

Lamentation lifts the fallen and binds the wound.

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(Isn’t that good?)

Lamentation, in dirges sweet, bows to God and sovereign plan.

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(Isn’t that good?)

So, too, I sing – will not be silent, for songs must sing to captive hearts.

Perhaps this lamentation sweet will open imprisoned hearts and minds.

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(Yes God, that would be GOOD.)

The DREAM-MAKER’S Promise:

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; And send for the skillful wailing women, that they may come.” Jeremiah 9:17Jeremiah 9:17
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17 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, Consider you, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for the skillful women, that they may come:

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The Caterpillar’s Prayer:

Father… these songs, they give voice to the deepest sorrows in my heart; things I feel so deeply, yet cannot find the words for my prayers.

Let these songs become the words; be my prayers; my heart-cries to You!

Will You bend down, in Your sweet love and mercy, and listen… hear my anguish that reaches out to You alone, for help and healing for all in need.

Our world is in such a mess Abba; such distress! Most just turn and look away.

(Sometimes, I accuse You of looking away, too…)

But, You never do!

Father, help me, to never look away again.

A Caterpillar’s Lament

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A little worm
All drab and brown
Is all I’ll ever be.
But oh,
The dreams inside of me
That no one else can see.

Though every day
My life is spent
Down in the mud below.
I long with all my heart and soul
Up to the clouds to go.

To rise above
On wings of love
Where all is beauty bright.
To flit and fly,
To sail the sky,
To climb to rainbow’s height!

But here I dwell
In Self’s dark cell
A weakling frail and small.
Dear God above
The source of Love
Please hear me when I call.

With colors gay
Begin today
To make me something new.
Let me sing
On gossamer wings
To dreamers – not a few.

A song to show
That all things low
Can miracles believe;
If they will shed
All fear and dread
And new dreams now receive!

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