1How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
'Are we there yet?' How many of us have not heard those words whilst on a trip? How many of us have not said them? How many of us have wondered when or if God is going to get on and do something? It is easy to become despondent and impatient. We are in good company. We can find many examples of just this sort of impatience and worry in the Bible. King David pours out his heart to God, 'How long...?' Three times, 'How long?'
Some of you will know that we have begun a programme called Find One in the Plymouth and Devonport Circuit of The Methodist Church and a number of local churches are growing. I find myself asking, 'What are you upto, God?' And God answers the same way each time, 'What I always do. Building the Kingdom.' 'How long?' The answer is 'now.' God is at work. We can trust in the God of David. Read again the final two verses. Our God doesn't merely stand ready to help. He is already active.
How long will it be until I recognise and rejoicethat you are already at work, Lord Jesus. Help me to notice and to join in. Amen.