The request that God speed His intervention is not a complaint about slowness so much as a free expression of the writer’s acute sense of need. Everywhere the Bible encourages believers to speak openly with God about feelings, moods, and attitudes. The God of the Bible is not like

the jealous, hypersensitive pagan deities who must always be placated and stroked to win their assistance. The true God desires intimacy and integrity with His people, not showy displays that mask the truth about human need and hurt.

Nonetheless, divine and human timing rarely coincide. People who feel intense need seek resolution to their crisis sooner rather than later. Prayer itself is a signal that a need persists, and each hour and day before deliverance makes pain more acute. God’s promise is always to hear and answer, though not always when and where a given prayer might stipulate.

PSALM 70: 1, 5 – 1.Make haste, o God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.

5. But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.

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