Bible Reading: Psalm 13
How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
David had many enemies, but to some extent his battles were a direct consequence of his own sin. After David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then plotted the murder of her husband Uriah, God said “Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.” Sin always has consequences, even after God extends mercy and forgiveness. The Lord took away David’s sin, and continued to preserve his life, but he faced considerable battles and bloodshed in his reign as king.
In Psalm 13, David cries out four times to God in prayer with the phrase. “How long..”. David was desperate for a word from God. His soul was troubled, with sorrow in his heart all day long. How long would God ignore his cries for help? Was God still listening? Would God allow David to face his enemies alone and even die at their hands?
Have you ever questioned God’s timing in the midst of a trial, or when experiencing God’s discipline in your life? Have you boldly come before Him in prayer as David did and ask, “How long, O Lord until you answer my prayers?” I know I have. Sometimes it seems as if God is not listening. When I face these types of doubts in my life I go back to Matthew 7:7 and remember to ask and keep on asking while patiently waiting for His answer. That’s easier said than done. We want deliverance from our circumstances, and right away. But sometimes God may delay His answer so that we learn to trust Him to give us what is best, in His time.
David concludes this psalm with these words, “But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.” As God opened David’s eyes, his questions turned to faith and rejoicing, knowing that God would deal with him in His abundant love. We too are to consider it all joy when we encounter various trials, knowing that it produces endurance and spiritual maturity in our lives (James 1:2-3).
Weekly Memory Verse: God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye. Psalm 11.7