Resting and Relentless?
Is it possible to rest and be relentless at the same time?
A couple months ago I added a discipline to my study of Scripture. I started reading a Psalm each day from this great little Psalms reader. A few days ago I was reading Psalm 69 and I was struck by a couple of things I thought I’d share. As I got to verse 13 I read this…
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
And so as I read that, I wrote in the margins about waiting on God’s timing. David is certainly asking for something from the LORD, but he knows it needs to be in the LORD’s timing…at an acceptable time. That was timely for my soul.
And so I kept reading and David continues to ask for things.
Things like deliverance.
Things like protection.
Things like mercy.
And then I got to verse 17…
Hide not your face from your servant; for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
Did you notice that? In verse 13 David seems like he’s just content and chilling out, asking God to move in His timing. But by verse 17 he seems to have forgotten all about “waiting on the LORD” and instead is now pleading for the LORD to move in haste.
So which is it? Waiting or haste? Rest or relentlessness? The answer is YES.
Yes we are to wait and rest in God’s timing. And yes we are to be relentless in our pleading and imploring God to work. He wants to hear from His children. It’s from a position of rest in who we are in Christ that allows us the freedom to borderline pester God with our requests.
So whatever you are facing today, may you rest in the LORD’s perfect timing and also continue to be relentless in your pleading with your Father who cares deeply for you. May we all be like the persistent widow…
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
– Luke 18:1-8