Hurry, Hurry, Hurry, Hurry
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.
1Make haste, O God, to deliver me; Make haste to help me, O Lord. 2Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: Let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt. 3Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame That say, Aha, aha. 4Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: And let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified. 5But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: Thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.
Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
Do you ever pray that way?
David did, at least he did in this Psalm. Four times he asks the Lord to hurry. He plead, “make haste” twice in verses 1, once in verse 5 and then, “make no tarrying” to close out the chapter.
David has enemies and lots of them. His foes were exulting themselves as they thought his end was near. If his enemies believed that David’s demise was eminent then it is no surprise that he did too.
David cried repeatedly to God, “hurry!"
This morning, I read that repetitious prayer from this persecuted Psalmist and thought, “God doesn’t ever have to hurry!"
God doesn't ever have to hurry.
When you have eternity prior to plan then why would you have to rush?
I mean, I am often surprised by my circumstances, but God is not. God has never experienced surprise since his omniscience has made it impossible.
Can you guess my next thought?
I realized that I had read David’s little prayer for quick resolution urging him to patiently trust the Lord, but I have been praying for God to hurry on my behalf for almost a year. I have brought my complaints before the throne, asking him why he hasn’t rushed to my rescue.
"Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry."
"Hurry and heal my heartache."
"Hurry and make me better than I was."
"Hurry and send me a helper."
"Hurry and help me heal!"
What a hypocrite I am sometimes!
I tell others to trust but fail to follow my own advice. God is not in a rush because he has had too much time to plan. He understands that time is often a non-negotiable element of healing.
It’s ok and even encouraged to bring your urgent prayers to God. It was ok for the Psalmist to cry out for his God to rush, so if you feel like doing it then by all means feel free. I would just encourage you, as you cry out, “hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry” to ponder the eternal plan of God.