How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Comment: David is here being honest to God. And that is obviously the best thing to do, as the Bible presents God as knowing us better than we know ourselves, so we can’t pull the wool over His eyes! He confesses to feeling deserted by the God to whom He is praying. David feels as if not only is God hiding from him, but that his enemies have the upper hand over him. ‘God please listen’ he cries out. ‘I have trusted in your steadfast love and I am determined to continue in the salvation which You offer. Because of Your past bounty to me I will sing, even in my loneliness!’
Prayer: You are faithful, O God. Help me never to forget that!
One thought on “Psalm 13: 1-6….Down but not out!”
Thank you Barry for your comments on this Psalm. David is a human being, just like us, so when he cries out to God and writes these Psalms, we know that he is writing what is going on in his life. This gives us a connection with David, and we understand just what he is going through, because we have very similar situations where we feel lonely, and feel that evil people seem to be having a better time than we are. But God is still with us, He has not deserted us for He has promised to be with us always. God bless you.