81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
but I have put my hope in your word.
82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise;
I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do not forget your decrees.
84 How long must your servant wait?
When will you punish my persecutors?
85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me,
contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy;
help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your unfailing love preserve my life,
that I may obey the statutes of your mouth. NIV
Describe why the word "but" in verse 81?
Read through this section again. Identify all of the writer's descriptions of inner anguish. Then identify all of the writer's references to God's words, commands, promises, etc.
How would you describe the emotional rawness of this Psalm?
Perhaps a tough personal question: When is the last time you allowed yourself to feel these emotions for God's patterns and words in your life?
Take some time to pray in response to this eleventh stanza of Psalm 119.