Monday 2 January, 2017

Psalm 13

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, 4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. 5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6 I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

This Psalm of David has three sections that move through a progression-
1. Five lines of lament over his troubles
2. Four lines of prayer to God for help
3. Three lines of praising God

This is a really good model for us to follow when we experience troubles. We start by honestly expressing our feelings and woes to God, then move to asking Him for help and finish with words of faith and praise to God in advance, knowing that God always has, and always will see us through whatever trials we face.

I love how there’s a progressive sense of calm and peace in such a few short verses. No matter what storm I am in God can speak peace to the wind and waves of my soul in an instant.

The last 3 lines sum it all up: I trust in Your love and goodness, my heart is at peace because of Your salvation and I am so grateful for your abundance in my life.

Written by Shelley Witt

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