Monday we meditated and mused on verse 6, the last verse in Psalm 13. Today, we're going to look at the entire Psalm written by David. It came from a dark time in his life.
I think in the dark times, we write some of the most brilliant lyrics and compose the most thrilling melodies.
Here is the Psalm in the NKJV:
"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 daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me."
Someone very dear to me said almost verbatim the words expressed in verse 1: "I ask God to show me He's real. But I get nothing. It's like He's hiding…or maybe He doesn't care at all."
Have you ever felt that way? Wondering where God is, as if He's hiding from you, as if you've been forgotten.
David says, "How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?"
I know from personal experience that when my heart is failing, giving myself solid counsel--trying to find something based on scripture is difficult.
Emotions become a tangled mess. Much like my loved one, who knows deep down that God is near. He never leaves nor forsakes us. Nothing separates us from His love. His thoughts toward us are so many--more than the sands of the sea. All good.
But when our hearts fail, when our soul feels alone and drowning, our thoughts stray. What we believe can become clouded if we let it.
The enemy dogs us, like David's enemy. Surrounding us. Taunting us. Vicious. Merciless. He uses anything and everything to tear us apart. Health, relationships, loved ones, finances…you name it.
David cries out and is in essence saying, How long? I don't know how much more I can take of this. Please hear me. Answer me. I need a word from you…I'm going to die if I don't. How much more can I handle? My heart says none.
But we can't give up.
David knew this. He needed to hear from God. The silence was enough to drive him to his grave. He didn't want his enemies to get the victory, but he was wearing thin.
And then we make it to the last verse. David remembers times past.
He has trusted in God's love, his mercy. He has been saved before, rescued, loved, taken care of, blessed. And he knows that God, even though He seems hidden and quiet, even though his enemy is all around, even though his emotions are messed up and his soul tortured…
God will come through.
God will rescue.
God will protect.
God will never leave.
God will never give up.
And that is reason to sing.
Even in the dark times.
Especially in the dark times.
What will you sing today? Favorite hymn/chorus?
I will be singing this today: