Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
Early on in King Saul’s pursuit of David, the future king of Israel was still learning to trust the Lord and cried out in his distress, “Lord, how long wilt thou look on?” Really this is a thinly veiled accusation against the Lord. David knew the Lord was there and he knew the Lord was watching what was going on. There was a bit of mistrust showing itself in David’s heart as he was really saying, why aren’t you doing something, how long are you going to let this go on?
The Lord is righteous, just, pure and holy in all He does and He was not causing David to suffer under Saul’s jealousy just to be mean or ugly. Rather the Lord was teaching David to trust Him. Trust is the key that unlocks the Lord’s rescue in our life. Psalm 22:4, “Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.” The requirement for the Lord to be able to deliver us is for us to trust Him.
We certainly would never consciously accuse our Lord and Saviour of being unjust, unfair and uncaring. However when we are suffering what seems to be so unfairly and so harshly, we sometimes evidence a bit of accusation against the very one who died on a cross for us when we say, “How long Lord?” How long will be just exactly long enough to clean the mistrust out of my heart and replace it with a higher and deeper level of trust in the lover of my soul.
When our trust is complete in the Lord Jesus Christ we never have to ask, how long. Rather a song of gratitude for the salvation of Christ we have discovered fills our heart, even when our enemies are set on our public defeat and humiliation.