Scripture Psalm 70:4-5
Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5 But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!
- What is different about the Psalmist from those who seek the Lord and those who love the Lord’s salvation (“But” in verse 5)?
- Interesting parallel in 4a: seek you, be glad in you
- Is then God’s greatness reflected in our salvation (4b)?
- Poor and needy… in contrast to God who is help and deliverer?
- Verse 5 repeats the notion of hurry – hasten and do not delay — the need for God’s help and deliverance is urgent!
David writes this short Psalm that speaks here of haste, of hurry. Perhaps sometimes I fail to reap God’s blessings because I am too complacent? Because I have “enough” and have no sense of urgency, of haste? If I am poor and needy in God’s sight then my need is great. I need God’s provision now. If am not hungry, if I am not in need then I am in no hurry to have God come and provide.
The trouble is I am poor and needy! I am poor and needy sometimes in physical terms (although not really – only relatively) but more in spiritual I am poor in love. Needing to receive and share grace. Poor not in spirit but in faith. Needy not in dependence on God but needy in being too self-absorbed?
Lord, hasten now to show me my neediness and poverty. Sometimes I think I am rich and am really without… in good shape when my soul is really a shambles… a heart in need of you that is clogged up and atrophied. Hasten to me and meet my needs. Hurry without delay to bring me a step closer to you, to your presence and to my deepening sense of need and poverty in contrast to your abundance and riches!! Amen,