David finishes talking out the deep frustration of his personal betrayal, rather than acting out his frustration. At the end of his prayer he concludes: “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27: 13-14
After talking it all out with God, David arrived at a quiet confidence that God would find a way to be good to him once again. Remember what I observed in the post Talk It Out? The Psalms are not a record of what someone prayed in one sitting, but a summary of an entire life experience. After a long period of time David concludes, “God, I know you will prove yourself good to me!” I wish I knew how long it actually took for David to arrive at this conclusion. Was it years, months, weeks or days? The bible doesn’t say. But however long it took, David kept on talking with God until his head and his heart were completely aligned under the conclusion, “I know I will once again experience some measure of goodness from God in this life, and won’t have to wait until heaven to see it. And I know it will be better for me to wait on God to fight for me than to take matters into my own hands and fight for myself.”
I started this string of posts on Psalm 27 by asking – What do you tend to do when people have treated you unfairly and hurt you deeply? Do you talk out your hurt or act out your hurt? Consider God’s invitation to talk things out – praying out of your system all of your anger, hurt and frustration in exactly the same way David did in Psalm 27.