Make Haste, O God, to deliver me; make hast to help me, O Lord. (Psalm 70:1)
But I am poor and needy; make haste unto me, O God; thou art my help and my Deliverer; O God, do not tarry. (Psalm 70:5)
A Word of Hope
This entire Psalm is one of hope and trust in God. The Psalm also declares the trust that God will protect us from our enemies. Who or what would you define as an “enemy?”
Would it be someone at work who is copying your work and taking credit for it? Would it be Uncle Mike who has owed you money for years? Is it the young neighbor who rides his bike on your lawn? Or is your enemy deep within yourself? Is it fundamental loneliness? Is it a form of depression? Are you still asking the question about what you are to do with your life? Are you missing “significance” in your life? Is the enemy always comparing yourself to others and you typically don’t compare well? When we read this Psalm, we don’t have to imagine physical enemies. The most difficult to address, and for which you need help are generally those that are unseen.
Each day when monks recite the Divine Office in choir, the first prayer begins with Psalm 70:1. It is a common human experience to want to be helped with whatever concern or fear we have on a daily basis. It is comforting to remember that God is with us and always ready to be our Deliverer. Our role is to accept His offer of help.
Holy One! We recall once again that we are everywhere and always in your presence which makes us smile and be grateful once again. We give you thanks for the gift of your kindness toward us. Help us to remember what your kindness transmitted through others means to our wellbeing as we face challenges each day. Remind us that we must be ready to hasten to help others in need. We know that we don’t have to be perfect in order to bring your love to others and to be open to others bringing your love and healing to us. We make this prayer in your many names, O God. Amen!
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