Thursday 9 May, 2013

Psalm 13

1 Lord, how long must I wait? Will you forget me forever? How long will you turn your face away from me? 2 How long must I struggle with my thoughts? How long must my heart be sad day after day? How long will my enemies keep winning the battle over me? 3 Lord my God, look at me and answer me. Give me new life, or I will die. 4 Then my enemies will say, “We have beaten him.” They will be filled with joy when I die. 5 But I trust in your faithful love. My heart is filled with joy because you will save me. 6 I will sing to the Lord. He has been so good to me.
David here starts with clear distress in his heart, directed towards God. Feeling forgotten by God, feeling distant from God, feeling sorrowful and fearing being overcome by his enemies. I have experienced these kinds of feelings many times in my walk with God.
What encourages me is that David is determined to move his heart on from these difficult but real feelings. He pushes past these negative feelings, into trusting in God’s

love, rejoicing in His salvation, and singing His praises. I sense God is showing me that this progression is helpful in dealing with my own feelings of distance or fear before God. That first I am to go to a trusting position of heart; in that trusting position, I am to choose to start rejoicing in his saving mercy; and out of this, I am to sing of his goodness. It’s not natural, when you’re feeling distant from God, and in fear; but it makes sense that trusting, rejoicing and singing to God are faith based decisions of heart that move your heart close to God, in a position of faith instead.

God shows me through Ps 13 that no matter how bad I feel, especially in my relationship with God, it’s not helpful to stay in the bad feelings. David is an example and encouragement to me that I need to push my heart past my feelings, past my troubles, and into a place of trust, rejoicing in, and even singing of God’s goodness.
God, give me the help of your Spirit and His empowering grace to give myself, especially in my darker moments, to trusting you, rejoicing in you, and signing of your goodness.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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