Psalms 13:1-6 (NLT)O Lord , how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.
From Doubt To Trust
In this psalm the writer, David, much like us at times, appears to be struggling with doubt. The psalm begins with a question as to how long will his suffering continue. He’s distressed because it looks to him like God is abandoned him when he needs him most (See Encouragement From The Word Of God When You Think He Has Abandoned You).
He then prays for God to understand and deliver him because he’s afraid of what his enemies are doing and will continue to do for him. If they defeat him they can boast because a friend of God has fallen.
At his lowest he remembers that God has delivered him in the past because his despair turns to trust. His trust is based upon God's loving-kindness, and he rejoices in His deliverance.
What an example for us today! When we put our trust in God and the salvation we received through the blood of Jesus sacrifice we can have the same trust and confidence that David shows that God will never leave or forsake us and will meet all of our needs.
Deuteronomy 31:3 (NLT)3 But the LORD your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua will lead you across the river, just as the LORD promised.
Matthew 6:31-34 (NLT)31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Philippians 4:19-20 (NLT)19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.20 Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.