This psalm has such incredible hope for the first half – telling the story of God’s promises to David. Then in the second half the author cries out – probably during the exile or shortly before – why are we going through such suffering? Unlike Psalm 88, this author has hope. God will keep His promises to David. They are being punished for their sins, the author knows that, but it seems so long for God’s deliverance to happen. We need to acknowledge that God still cares for us, and He still disciplines and punishes us for our sin – He loves us that much. He is our Father. This does not mean He is angry with us or hates us. He is a loving Father who is growing us. We need to remember that most hard times are not punishment from God – they are just the facts of life, and the results of human choices. We also need to hold on to hope in our hard times – hope that God is NOT against us, but so much for us, more than we could ever understand. That hope grows us more than a simple solution, more than anything.