Psalm 13

Psalm 13 is another psalm of David. Like Psalm 6, it is a song of anguish and faith. That the same author would pen more than one song questioning how long sorrow will last demonstrates that pain and questions are a normal part of the human experience. These psalms validate feelings of sorrow and suffering, feelings that are not incompatible with faith. These psalms show us how to take our feelings to God and find faith in Him.

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me? (v. 1-2)

Listen to the pain in these questions.

David is brutally honest with God.

How long?
Am I forgotten? Abandoned?

How long?
I’m fighting to keep my thoughts on You, but sorrow fills my heart and I feel like the enemy is winning.

David asks God for deliverance.

Look on me and answer, O LORD my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall. (v. 3-4)

God’s face represents His favor. Where He looks, blessing and deliverance follow. When He turns away, hope dims.

David’s request is simple: Turn your face toward me and answer, God.

Look on me. Remember me.
If you do, I will live and my enemy will be defeated.

David puts his trust in God.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
for he has been good to me. (v. 5-6)

My heart is filled with sorrow and I feel forgotten by God.

But I trust in your unfailing love.

I feel like the enemy is winning.

But I trust in your unfailing love.

I wonder how long I have to wait before things get better.

But I trust in your unfailing love.

I will rejoice in my salvation.
I will remember how God has been good to me.
I will sing to the LORD.

Pain is real.
But I trust in God’s unfailing love.

Father, sometimes it seems that pain will never end. Turn your face toward me. Deliver me. Remember me. I will remember how you have been good to me. Thank you for the gift of salvation through your Son, Jesus. I put my trust in your unfailing love. Amen.

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