Verse 7: "'But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you."
We have come to the time of transition in this wonderful Psalm at verse 7.
The key question David puts to the Lord is: "But now, [in the present] Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you." With this question David is accepting reality. He is living with a short fuse and he's certainly not a suicide bomber!
"But now, Lord, what do I look for?"
When all else fails, and everything is falling apart around you, the best thing you can do is look to the Lord.
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace."
Hebrews 12:2: "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (NASB).
Warren Wiersbe says: "David asked, 'And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You' (v.7) That's a good question. What are you waiting for? And how can you be sure that what you're waiting for is going to come?"
Verse 8: "Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools."
You will notice 2 key words in David's request: (1) "all" - David wants to get a clean slate, he wants everything cared for - and (2) "my" - He does not blame or deny, he owns up to them, his sins and transgressions."
Brennen Manning says: "As an old black preacher on a red-clay road in Georgia instructed a pilgrim, 'Be who you is, cause if you ain't who you is, you is who you ain't.'" (Ruthless Trust, 144)
Verse 9: "I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this."
"I was silent; I would not open my mouth." He then states the reason why he does not open his mouth with words of question and accusation: "for you are the one who has done this."
In my silence I saw your sovereignty! David has now become aware of God's sovereign purpose and all that is happening around him. Words are meaningless when God has spoken.
Kris Lundgaard says: "God has served up a great feast in his Word. But if we sit in front of it and refuse to eat, it's no wonder that we shrivel up like spiritual raisins. If we're too lazy to dig into his Word, or if through sin we think so little of his Word that we ignore it, how can we help but die on the vine? But God has provided all the nourishment we need, even to our last days." (Through the Looking Glass, 176)
2 Timothy 2:15: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth" (NASB).