Good morning y’all. Happy Monday :). Today we are in Psalm 13. This psalm has only 6 verses, but there is a lot in those six verses :).
I pray for as many that are going through a tough situation, that God will comfort you through this psalm. He will help you know that He is nearer than you can imagine. He will open your eyes to see him working on your behalf. He will wrap his arms of love around you. In Jesus Name. Amen
I am reading today’s psalm from the Good News Translation.
Be blessed 🙂
Psalm 13:1-2 : How much longer will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How much longer will you hide yourself from me? How long must I endure trouble? How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night? How long will my enemies triumph over me?
Here, David was in distress. We see a man who is weak and tired; a man who feels forgotten. He is asking God “how much longer will you forget me…”. That statement makes me believe David has been praying and asking God for a particular thing and it seems to him, God is not forthcoming; it seems God is hiding from him. He felt deserted by His God.
I can relate with David in this psalm. There are moments in my life that I ask God the same question David did here. It feels like God has left town and completely forgot about me. I don’t know if you are in the same situation today, I want you to know this morning that God has not forgotten you. His silence doesn’t mean He has moved shop. God is still God and He can never lie nor fail.
It’s not a bad thing to tell God how we feel or ask him what’s going on. What we shouldn’t do, is dwell on the negatives and wallow in self pity. David was sincere and honest with God. He wasn’t pretending at all or lying to God about his feelings. He took his feelings to the ONE he knew could help. He turned to God in all sincerity and brokenness. He told God exactly how he felt. I want to encourage us today to be open and honest with God. I believe this is one of the reasons why God said David is a man after his own heart. He wasn’t doing eye service or pretending with God. His relationship with God was real. He was honest to God about his feelings.
David wanted to know timing. Isn’t that what we all want? Most times its not that we question whether God can answer or will answer our prayer. Our greatest question is WHEN will He do it. And that was the same for David in this psalm. It wasn’t a case of him doubting God’s ability to deliver him but that of When God will you deliver. When is this salvation going to come? When am I going to get healed? When is the husband or wife or children you promised me coming? When will I get the promotion?
Is it a case that God himself doesn’t know when it will happen? No, that’s not the case! GOD knows everything. He even knows the end from the beginning. The reason why God doesn’t always tell us when, is because He wants us to learn to trust him even when we don’t know the full details . He wants us to believe that He has good plans for us and won’t fail us. He wants us to know that our future is secured and safe in him.
Look at Abraham, God didn’t tell him when the promise will come to pass, all he was told is that He would have a son. He waited 25yrs for that promise to be fulfilled. He knew God who promised was faithful. Now, does that mean he didn’t have doubts along the way? Oh! yes he did. He got with Hagar and had Ishmael. Even when the 3 angels came, and they reiterated the promise again, he laughed at them, yet Romans 4:18 tell us that Abraham hoped against hope. He trusted God and it was counted unto him as righteousness (Romans 4:3).
Another point I want to stress here, is that those verses are all about feelings. David felt forgotten, he felt God was hiding his face. Now, does that mean His feelings were a true reflection of the truth? No, what he felt and what is true are two completely different things. The truth is that God never leaves us or forgets us even though we might feel that way. Isaiah 49:15 puts it this way: “…Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you“.
What more do we need to hear God tell us this morning, for us to know how special we are to him. This is the Creator of the universe; The Almighty God; the One who spoke and it all came to existence telling us that He will never forget us or forsake us. He even went as far as saying in verse 16 of the same Isaiah 49 that “I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” ! (I’m excited 🙂 )
Friends, let’s be honest and open with God. There is no need to hide from him. Truth is He already knows how we feel but He needs us to talk to him. Let him know what’s on our mind and ask for his help and the grace to trust him more.
Oh! I am so glad the psalm didn’t end with verse 1 and 2. Let’s see what David did after questioning God regarding the timing of his suffering,
Psalm 13:3-4: Look at me, O Lord my God, and answer me. Restore my strength; don’t let me die. Don’t let my enemies say, “We have defeated him.” Don’t let them gloat over my downfall.
David is asking God to look at him because he feels God is hiding from him. Petitioning him to turn his face towards him and answer him so that his enemies won’t gloat over his downfall.
David must have been weary and tired from all the stress and trouble he was facing. He knew God was the only one who could restore his strength. He also didn’t want to die; he wanted to continue living but not with all the troubles surrounding him and he felt if God didn’t answer him on time, he was going to die
In verse 4, he didnt want his enemies to think they have won. He needed God to show up to silence his mockers. He didn’t want them to think His God didn’t have any power, hence why he was petitioning God
Friends, we can’t give up on God. It is not over until God says so. Cry out to him and He will surely answer us. He won’t allow our enemies triumph over us.
Psalm 13:5-6: I rely on your constant love; I will be glad, because you will rescue me. I will sing to you, O Lord, because you have been good to me.
Notice, how Davids tune has changed in these verses. This is now a man that knows his God is on His way to rescue him; a man that has been encouraged and confident in his God’s ability to save and deliver him; a man expressing his faith and trust in God.
Friends, it’s time we start encouraging ourselves in God. Lets start telling our situation how big our God is. That’s what David was doing here.
Let’s expand a bit more on his words in verse 5 and 6
“I rely on your constant love…” – Here is a man who in verse 1 said he was forgotten and 5 verses later, he is saying he relies on Gods constant love. Focus on the word constant pls. According to google, constant means ‘a situation that never changes’. That is, Gods love is always the same no matter what time or day or year it is. Irrespective of our feelings God’s love is constant! 🙂
“I will be glad because you will rescue me….” – oh my! oh my! see how confident David is here. What a drastic change from verse 1 and 2. He is making a choice to be glad. Notice he didn’t say, I will be glad after you rescue me, he said “I will be glad because i know you will rescue me:. David wasnt going to wait to be glad after the promise was fulfilled. No, he chose to be glad even while waiting cos his confidence, is that his God will rescue him.
Where and what is your confidence based on today? David could bodly proclaim “I will be glad…”, cos he knew and had a relationship with his God. We too can know this God and experience the kind of gladness, David had while he was waiting for his answer.
We have a choice to make: either to continue in self pity or to start praising God in advance for the victory. Bible tells us ‘God inhabits the praises of his people’. That is, when we praise him, He shows up and comes right down into the situation. I once heard a pastor say praise brings God down. Friends, praise your way through today. Decide to praise instead of complain. I am reminded of Paul and Silas while in the prison. They praised their way through, till the prison doors shook and opened for them (Acts 16:25-34).
“I will sing because you have been good to me…” – again a choice to be happy cos he could see God’s goodness in his life. How many of us stop to thank God for all He has done. We let the things He hasn’t yet done, take away our joy and thanksgiving for the ones He has done. If not for Him, where would we be and what would have happened to us.
Friends, God has been good to you. The fact that you are alive today and able to read this blog is enough proof that God is good to you. Some people didn’t get a chance to wake up this morning or some did and are paralysed or even in hospital. So you have every cause to thank God.
What are you waiting for? Come on! get to praising your God 🙂
Dear Lord we thank you for today. Thank you for your love that is constant in our lives. Give us the grace to trust you more. Thank you Jesus. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Thank you for joining today.
Have a blessed day 🙂
***With God all things are possible***