Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
In verse 1 of this chapter the Psalmist had cried out, “Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?” As the great Charles Spurgeon so rightfully said, the refiner is never far from the furnace when he is refining his gold and scripture says in Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” In fact the LORD walked in the fiery furnace with the 3 Hebrew children in their time of refining.
By verse 12 the Psalmist had grown in his faith and trust in the LORD and no longer felt like the LORD was standing afar off and instead of questioning the LORD he speaks directly to the LORD, “Arise, O LORD”.
In verse 1 the Psalmist was more concerned with others and now in verse 12 he has grown and is concerned with himself. “Arise, O LORD”.
This word arise was used by the LORD when He spoke to Abraham in Genesis 13:17 when He said, “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” The Psalmist was asking the LORD to arise inside of himself.
When we find ourself in the midst of the fiery furnace or in the Lion’s Den as God’s people have done over the years, we can rest assured that the LORD is there with us although our humanity will have doubts. Let us not walk after the flesh but rather walk after the Spirit and as the Psalmist did, let us say, “Arise, O LORD”. Arise O LORD and walk through our heart and our being, refine us and create in us a clean heart for it is in thee that we place all our faith and trust.