My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.
My eyes fail, looking for your promise;
I say, “When will you comfort me?”
Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees.
How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?
The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law.
All your commands are trustworthy;
Help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.
They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.
In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.
“Father God, thank you for this reminder that it is okay with you for me to cry out with pain and anger, even hopelessness. Thank you for the example your child gave of desiring a strong life so that he could live for you. Father, even in my times of weakness and pain, thank you that you help me reach for you.”