v. 8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
What a lovely and deep-soul thought. My heart—not my brain trying not to live in Overwhelmed Land—cries out for what is true and that is to hear God say, “Come and talk with me.” God invites me to come and talk with him. And I do have a lot to say. A lot of questions. A lot of concerns. A lot of needing a sounding board to figure out a damaging person in my life. I’m invited to do this. God invites me.
v. 9 Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!
To have these heart-to-heart talks with God puts me in a vulnerable position. I’m opening my heart up hoping to find some answers, some truth, some comfort. So what a comfort it is to read that I can declare “do not turn your back on me” (I declare this loudly and often) and know that God has always been my helper. As Brene Brown says, “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Wow thought.
v. 10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.
I do not and will not have this problem. I have parents who have always been active and supportive in my life. They are my foundation so I can live with all this Wild Frontier thinking. What if I had a different story of growing up? How would this verse hit me? I’m afraid I cannot answer that deeply. I know I’ve given this verse to many teenagers whose parents have emotionally abandoned them. I know there is truth in this verse.
vv. 11-13 Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence. Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
What is a psalm without a bold statement directly to the enemy? I love the response to the enemy here: “Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.”
My years of walking with God has given me this confidence. Tenacity is brave and I’ve been tenacious in this walk. Even when I’ve not really lived in the “land of the living.” Even when I’ve had to remind myself that there is a “land of the living.”
v. 14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave! Right there in this psalm1 Yet as this psalm teaches, sometimes to be brave means to wait patiently for the Lord. Tenacity is brave. Tenacious means to hold fast—even when what is happening around you doesn’t make sense;
or when circumstances overwhelm you and you want to quit, or at least rest for a day or week;
or when making a decision that you know is not going to help the situation is made because you have got to do something.
Instead you decide to hold fast and wait patiently for the Lord. Do you see why this is bravery? Every one of those options takes you out of vulnerability. Tenacity keeps you in vulnerability because you know—deep down because your heart has been called into this conversation with God—that he will not turn his back on you or reject you or leave you as orphans. This is brave living.