I love the honest questions the psalmist asks God. Questions that we ourselves have probably asked God in our time of tribulation or testing. The are honest, vulnerable, and real questions that a human being would ask. We can learn from the Psalms.
How the Psalms Help Us It is okay to ask these tough questions to God. He desires our all in our love toward Him. To give someone your all is to give them the good and the bad. Our closest friends are the ones we can be completely honest with and that is what God wants from us in our relationship with Him.
This Psalmist asks the hard questions then waits in dependence on God because he knows that nothing but God can intervene in this dire situation. God is sovereign and can change circumstances but more than changing circumstances He is into changing hearts. Trials are the fires that burn the dullness from us, and if we are trained by them they make us stronger and more Christ-like.
Though the Psalmist does not know the outcome of the trial, he depends on God by pouring forth his heart to the One he can trust. Then affirming it with, "BUT I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation."
Sometimes we miss the BUT. We cry out but don't focus on how God is working all things together for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28-29) instead we focus on the immediate circumstances and lose sight of eternity. Every trial is working a glory that is eternally weighty (2 Corinthians 4:17).
How We Lose Sight of Eternity
We forget the BUT and dwell on thoughts that lean into despair:
No one understands us.
They cannot even imagine what our life is like.
They don't even care about me.
If they could only see what it is like to be me.
If they knew the sacrifice I made just to get to here...
The enemy of our souls is roaring around like a lion looking for someone he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). He will help you entertain these thoughts of self-pity and self-righteousness. Don't give him a foothold for sins of anger or bitterness. Be mindful of this and take those thoughts captive like an enemy and crucify them, make them obedient to Christ. He is the end in mind (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Focus on the BUT