“My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, ‘When will you comfort me?’ Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees.”
Psalm 119:81-83 NIVUK
You hear people all the time saying, “Hang in there,” when you’re going through something. They say that because they believe that what you are going through is only temporary. Sometimes temporary can stretch itself out for months and years and it becomes hard to hang in there.
I wonder how Nelson Mandela “hung in there” for 27 years in prison before he came out to be president of South Africa? One thing I know is that he studied the law and came up with a strategy to overcome apartheid in his country. He was consumed with the freedom for his people.
There has to be something bigger than us that keeps us “hanging in there.”
The psalmist was lamenting on how long it was taking God to do something about his enemies. He had grown weary of waiting on his salvation.
- Don’t grow weary in well doing for in due season you shall reap your reward. Waiting on God is a learned discipline. Very seldom does God come when you want him to but he’s always on time. You have to trust God’s timing.
- Put your hope in God’s word. God’s word does not change. The grass withers and flowers fade but the word of our Lord shall stand forever. The thing that holds us while we are waiting is the word of God. Nothing holds me like God’s word.
- Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke I will hold onto your decrees. Wineskins were hung in tents where fires kept the people warm. Since there were no chimneys the smoke would circulate around the wineskins and cause them to become hardened and unusable. We can’t let what we are going through harden us to the point that we can’t hold new wine. What keeps us usable are the precepts of God. God’s word preserves us so the smoke won’t harden our hearts. God is about to bring you out of a smoky situation but the miracle is that you won’t even smell like what you’ve been through.
I will wait on you until my change comes. I’m not going to allow my difficulties to harden my heart toward life. I will wait upon the Lord to renew my strength and turn my darkness to light.
In Jesus’ Name,