In the midst of a prayer for deliverance, after expressing fear, a man of faith exclaims in Psalm 70, “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’
His next words reveal that he does not find it easy to rejoice: “But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God!” We too sometimes find it hard to rejoice in God. Too many distractions erupt in our lives to permit enjoying our Creator’s world and his care for us. We have bills to pay, and may fret about whether we can pay them. A neighbor may tax our patience with loud music, yard work at odd times of the day and night, or with a pesky habit of cutting our decorative shrubbery to the ground without warning (The last happened to me the day before the closing meeting for a house I was selling.). Some may question whether we should rejoice in God rather than fear him.
The Bible tells us that we should both rejoice in and fear God. This passage in Psalm 70 yearns for all God’s people to rejoice in him, but also recognizes the pain that awaits those that ignore God’s sense of justice.