In Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, God’s people are crying out in lamentation, fervently praying for a restoration that has not yet come. Instead of food and drink, their bread is “tears in large measure.” God’s people are separated from Him and under judgment. And yet…in the midst of their sinful state, they cry to Him and seek to be restored in the light of His countenance. Israel’s hope is in the one who sits enthroned between the Cherubim, the Shepherd of Israel.
A shepherd boy rises to greatness and becomes a king. And in his humble acknowledgement of God’s greatness (2 Samuel 7:18-22), David recognizes that God’s generosity extends far beyond himself and his sons to the entire nation of Israel. His hope is in the Lord God who is incomparable.
In time, God’s plan is revealed. To those who are subject to the law and under judgment, God sends His Son, born of a woman. Jesus Christ came to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law so that we could have eternal life. Now that we are His children, God has sent the Holy Spirit of His Son into our hearts and made us His heirs (Galatians 4: 1-7).
So we see that no matter how challenging our situation, how removed from God’s presence, how elevated or low in this life, God’s love and promise are greater. He never fails us. God answers our prayer at His due time.