“Give us new life, and we will call upon your name.” (Psalm 80)
Today’s psalm was so awesome. As I read it, I couldn’t help but feel that God wants to answer my prayers.
I once heard that when we ask God for an answered prayer he has three options he can respond with:
- Not Right Now.
I really like it when I fall in one of the first two camps. Getting a strong yes is immediate cause for celebration. I got an A on my exam! I got a strong GPA for the semester!
Getting a solid no is cause to reevaluate my life. What do you mean I can’t go on tour with Andrew McMahon?! (I only jest, but I have asked God for some really ridiculously large favors that He just wasn’t really seeing would work out for my good).
But there is nothing I dread more than the third answer. In that moment, its as if I enter into slow motion and this big booming voice comes out from the sky and says: NOOOOOT RIIIIIGHHHHT NOOOOOWWWW. As I look around me in disbelief, I immediately cringe at the idea of having to wait on an answer and not have everything planned out. Worse than that, I don’t want to keep coming to Him in prayer, trusting that when the time is right he will give me the answer. Just not what I am trying to do on a regular basis. I have plans to execute! Places to be, people to see and things to do. Chop Chop God!
But the psalmist asks for God’s assistance three times, once in each verse. Please help me. Please help me. Please help me. He keeps going back. I can imagine that for him, there was probably plenty of times when he just didn’t want to keep going back. He was probably fed up with waiting. But still he went back.
I want to do this too. I want to keep coming back, presenting my entire life at His feet, calling upon His name, waiting expectantly for Him to give me new life. No matter how many times I have to do it, or how long I have to wait.
Today’s song is all about calling upon him, and allowing him to rescue us. I hope it helps you to go back just one more time to say: Please help me. I hope it helps you to wait in hope for His answer.