Lately, I’ve found myself reading through the Book of Psalms. I do that when, like David, I ask, “O my soul, why be so gloomy and discouraged? Trust in God! I shall again praise him for his wondrous help; he will make me smile again, for he is my God! (Psalm 43:5 TLB)
In Psalm 13 David asks the Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you turn your face from me and allow my enemies to gloat?
David prayed for God to give him light in his darkness. David asked God to once again shine his face on him.
At the end of David’s lament, he reaffirmed his trust in God’s mercy, and thanked him for his blessings.
Have you ever felt like David did? As if the Lord has forgotten you and turned his face away? Has it seemed as if enemies, however they manifest themselves in your life, gloat over your powerlessness to defeat them?
At the time David wrote Psalm 13, he and his ragtag band of misfits lived in caves and roamed the hills trying to avoid Saul’s constant attempts to kill them.
David wasn’t afraid to pour out his hurt and pain before the Lord. He wondered why, as God’s anointed king-in-waiting, he faced such persecution and opposition while his enemies prospered.
David prayed for enlightenment. He asked God to shine his face on him. To bring insight into his problems.
During this time of world-wide confusion, unknowns, and concerns, God invites us to come to him with all our feelings, emotions, and questions. As we come, we can ask God for enlightenment, understanding, and for his face to shine into our darkness.
By coming before God with our questions, we acknowledge he alone has the answers. In those times when God delays providing answers, we are moved to trust him all the more.
After we pour out our questions and confusion before the Lord, we can trust in his mercy. We can sing praises to God because he has blessed us so richly.
We can praise God even in those times when we ask, how long will you forget me, Lord? Forever?
How have you found this to be true in your life?
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How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need? How long must I be hiding daily anguish in my heart? How long shall my enemy have the upper hand?
Answer me, O Lord my God; give me light in my darkness lest I die. Don’t let my enemies say, “We have conquered him!” Don’t let them gloat that I am down.
But I will always trust in you and in your mercy and shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord because he has blessed me so richly. Psalm 13
I wish you well.
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