A Psalm of David
Psalm 13 New Living Translation (NLT)
O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., March 21, 1965
"How Long, Not Long" Speech in Montgomery, Alabama
I know you are asking today, "How long will it take?"
How long? Not long, because “no lie can live forever.”
How long? Not long, because “you shall reap what you sow.”
"Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne,
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. . . .”
How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long,
but it bends toward justice.
How long? Not long, because:
“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.”
Within five months of this speech by Dr. King, President Lyndon B. Johnson had signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King David and Dr. King attest to the fact that fervent prayer avails much. Keep believing. Keep praying.