Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.
When Weeping Leads to Victory
Theme Verses: Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer (8-9).
O Father, how difficult it is to give praises to you in the times where circumstances bring weeping, when our enemies are at the doors, and we feel their presence even as swords at our throats. Such was David's experience in this Psalm. You seem to have deserted us to our enemies. For in these times, we fear we have somehow sinned and so caused your protecting shield to pass from us, exposing us to the onslaught of our enemies. These times haunts us. Even their memory can bring forth tears. However, under the direction of your Holy Spirit, these are but the refining fires that purify our hearts.
In the face of this, what boldness we can have when we claim your promises! However, we must search our consciences in your presence to claim your deliverance in faith. This confidence begins when one has, either found nothing, or has confessed it and had it cleansed away in the precious blood of Christ. Then, we can command the fear of my enemies to depart for the Son of God has girded Himself with His sword for our defense!
What joy we experience, first when we witness in our spirits you have heard us and have assured us you have granted our request for deliverance. Then joyous shouts rise in our throats when we see the greatness and completeness of deliverance: what a foretaste of what we will experience in your dear presence, when you have won the last battle, and we are eternally delivered from our enemies. What shouts of victory will rise when we gather before your throne in the New Jerusalem of the New Heavens and Earth! Oh, the glorious freedom when the assembly of redeemed cry out for the first time in one great chorus:
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me,
Bless His Holy Name!
Related reading: Introduction to Praying the Psalms; Praying Psalm 1; Praying Psalm 2; Praying Psalm 3; Praying Psalm 4; Praying Psalm 5