"Lord, how long will You forget me? Forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day? How long will my enemy dominate me? Consider me and answer, Lord my God. Restore brightness to my eyes; otherwise, I will sleep in death. My enemy will say, 'I have triumphed over him,' and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance. I will sing to the Lord because He has treated me generously." (Psalm 13)
How long, O Lord? This cry seems to be coming from all of us lately as our world feels shattered again and again. Violence, fighting, natural disasters...how long, O Lord?
It is easy to get stuck in the sorrow, but anxiety is a heavy burden that God never meant for us to carry alone.
What I love about Psalm 13 is that David makes a very clear decision in verse 5. The word "But" is key here.
Nothing has changed about David's circumstances. Nothing has been fixed, his problems haven't been solved.
BUT he decides to trust in the steadfast love of the Lord.
BUT he decides to rejoice in his salvation.
BUT he decides to sing to the Lord.
The world is still dark, but David decides to throw himself headlong into the arms of God.
These days, the world can feel absolutely crushing. As we cry out, "How long, O Lord?" may we make a conscious decision to praise our Holy Father, the One who loves us with a steadfast love, the One who has saved us, our Rock and Redeemer. Blessed be His name.
Prayer: God thank You for Your presence, thank You for your steadfast love, we rejoice in our salvation and will praise You even in the darkest of days.
Suggested Reading: Romans 15:13