1. While I was reading the short Psalm number 70 and I was meditating on it, I noticed that the Psalmist says to the Lord, ‘Make haste’ three times (v. 1,5 – NKJV), and one time he says, ‘Do not delay’ (v. 5). I wonder, ‘Did the Psalmist not know that passage of the Scripture which says that “God has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)? And if he knew it, why then did he say to the Lord, ‘Make haste,’ and, ‘Do not delay’? Furthermore, I wonder, ‘Do we question the fact that God answers our prayer in His own time, when we say to the Lord, ‘Make haste’ and, ‘Do not delay’?




First of all, it must be said that since the author of the Psalm number 70 is David, he could not know that passage of the Scripture which says that God has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11) because these words were written by his son Solomon after he became king of Israel. Nevertheless, I don’t think that David, by speaking those words, questioned the fact that God answers at the right moment, and surely he had experienced His punctuality because all those who pray to God continually experience God’s punctuality in His answers. Therefore we should understand those words of his, that is, ‘Make haste’ and ‘Do not delay’, in this way: they are normal expressions spoken by a human being who was in a distress. He, seeing that his enemies were on the point of overcoming him, called on His God with all his heart so that He might deliver him from the hands of his enemies and He might not put him to shame. On the other hand, several times we find these expressions in David’s prayers (Psalm 31:2; 38:22; 40:13,17; 69:17-18; 141:1; 143:7), and we know that David was a man after God’s heart, who knew that God answered his prayers at the right moment. These words of David are like these other words he spoke to God in the day of trouble: ‘Do not forsake me, O Lord” (Psalm 38:21 – NKJV), even though he knew that God had said to Joshua: “I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5 – NKJV). And there is also this expression used sometimes by David – who trusted God with all his heart – in his distresses (which is similar to the above mentioned expressions): “Let me not be ashamed” (Psalm 25:2,20 – NKJV. cf. Psalm 31:1,17), even though David knew very well that the upright “shall not be ashamed in the evil time” (Psalm 37:19 – NKJV), and that his forefathers had trusted in God and had not been ashamed (Psalm 22:5).

Of course, such an attitude may appear contradictory, but it is only an apparent contradiction. Therefore, if that’s how things are, I believe that if we children of God say to God, ‘Make haste’ and, ‘Do not delay’ in the midst of our distresses, we don’t show we disbelieve that God answers us at the right time. But rather we show that we want God to help us at once, immediately; however our will must submit to the will of God because we know that He will answer us when He wills. Sometimes I also have said to God in my prayers to make haste to help me and not to delay, and I must admit that even though sometimes I wanted God to help me in my own time, God answered me in His own time and He was not late at all. Therefore, I had to submit to the will of God. What did I learn from this? That we must never question the fact that God will answer us, and that it is not necessary for us to say to God, ‘Do not delay’ or ‘Make haste to help me’; for God knows when we need to be helped and how we need to be helped for our own good. Therefore, I believe that if we pray with this assurance (that is, with the assurance that God answers us in His own time), we will be blessed. For sure He will not tarry.

I think of an another apparent contradiction which is in the Bible, which is this. Even though Peter knew that the appearing of the Lord Jesus will take place at God’s appointed time, he says in his second epistle: “Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God ….” (2 Peter 3:12 – NKJV). Now how is it possible for us to hasten a day which has been already appointed by God? Certainly it is possible, but I have to admit that here also we are speaking of an apparent contradiction.

However, let me point out another apparent contradiction. Is it not an apparent contradiction the fact that even though Jesus knew and had said that the Son of Man had to suffer many things from the priests, the scribes and Pharisees, and be put to death and be raised the third day, when He was deeply distressed in the garden of Gethsemane he asked the Father to take that cup away from Him (Mark 14:36)? Of course, it is; however we know that He said to the Father the following words also: “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36 – NKJV). Therefore, if Jesus, who believed the Word of God, first asked the Father not to let Him die on the cross (that’s the meaning of the expression: “Take this cup away from Me” Mark 14:36 - NKJV), but then He said to the Father that He would submit to His will, and by acting in that way He did not question at all the Word of God, I am convinced that if we say to God, ‘Do not delay’, or ‘Make haste to help me’ first, and then we say to Him, ‘Nevertheless, Lord, not when and how I will, but when and how You will’, we will not be accused of distrusting God.