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  • Psalm Seventy

    Come quickly, dear God, to deliver me,
    Come quickly to save me from my enemies.

    Shame and confuse those who seek after my soul, Lord,
    Turn them around and make them afraid, who are after me.

    Show the people how confused and weak they are, Lord,
    Make them eat the words they have spoken against me.

    Let all who seek You rejoice in their defeat, Lord,
    let them praise You for your goodness and Your salvation,
    let them pray without ceasing and give glory to Your name.

    I am poor and in need of You, Lord,
    Come quickly to deliver me,
    please do not delay.

    Lord, give me patience...and I want it NOW!

    Okay, okay, I know. Old joke. But I often wonder exactly how true we would like it to be. People in general are impatient. We want things to happen NOW. And if seems this trait has grown worse in modern times.

    Psychologists call this a need for instant gratification, and they point out it is a cause of various problems in our society. The underlying causes of this phenomena are easy to understand. After all we are in a world where almost everything moves at the speed of desire. We can decide to watch a movie and not have to leave the house, or even have special equipment these days. We have hundreds of channels of television and computers in our homes capable of searching the internet for answers to every question we might have. We can even do this from our phones.

    David didn't need excess electronics to be impatient. But with his impatience came a real need. He wasn't googling for the latest weather or checking his stocks, or even making dinner reservations. He was asking for God's protection from a real threat.

    If David were alive today, I wonder what he'd be impatient about?

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