Without asking for the Lord’s help, I found it difficult to live alone after living with my husband, and then my mom for so many years. I believe those widowed can empathize with me.

Psalm 100 has so much depth for those struggling with feeling overwhelmed during their time of grief.

When I pondered each verse, their meaning increased my love for the Lord and His provisions for me.

I found them especially helpful during my times of insecurity as I tried to figure out my new identity. I didn’t know where the Lord wanted me to go, and what to do when I got there.

Verse one of this Psalm implores the Lord to hear my prayer when I come to Him.

Sometimes I feel that the Lord isn’t listening. He appears distant when I want or think I need an immediate answer to my prayer. Doesn’t He understand that I needed His answer yesterday?

Of course, He knows all my needs before I call, but He gets my attention when he doesn’t answer immediately. I start thinking about Him and perhaps pray more often.

Sometimes I plead with Him to answer me. I urge as Psalm 100:2 says, “Hide not they face from me in the day when I am in trouble: incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.”

I not only want the Lord to hear my prayer, but I also want Him to answer it right away, which doesn’t necessarily happen.

Lord, thank You that it is always for my best interest when You make me wait.