Much of our life seems to be lived in a hurry. Hurry Up! Our parents were regularly calling us to hurry up. As parents we call on our children to hurry up. At work our supervisors seem to be moving us along on this or that project by reminding us of deadlines.
What’s the hurry?
For the psalmist, the urgency is in the real or perceived threat to life. Most of us have not been in a place where our very life was threatened. Yet most of us have been in a place when fullness of life felt threatened, when contentment was drowned out by enemies – both real and/or imagined.
The urgency is real. Without God’s intervention none of us can survive, much less thrive.
The urgency is real. An honest assessment of our need underlines the cry for help – “Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, HCSB)
The urgency is real, and so is the power of the One to whom we cry.