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!”
- Psalm 13:1-4 (NLT)
This is a Psalm written by King David to the choir director.
Whoever this choir director is, David laments while he experiences the feelings of abandonment. He is kind of “going off” on a tangent connected with a season of struggle and anguish.
David has fallen into a trajectory of mental torture contemplating a thought of rejection and desertion from God while his enemies have the upper hand on him. Kind of a “pity-party” if you will.
Every Person, sometime in their life, has experienced neglect by god
and cried out in desperation for Him to show up in their anguish
and bring them out their sorrow!
Every person, sometime in their life, has experience neglect by God and has cried out in desperation for Him to show up in their anguish and bring them out their sorrow!
Two things about this Psalm that will encourage us today.
1. It is not easy to prevent desire from slipping into impatience.
Verses 1-2 “How long will you neglect me; my whole life?
Sometimes when we feel abandoned, it seems like FOREVER!”
David continues: “How long will you hide from me? How long will you withdraw Your favor and assistance from me?
Oh, I could endure almost anything if I only knew just how long the trial would last!
David was stressed out by the flow of temptations flooding his psyche.
“How long will I be in such perplexity and anxieties of mind, not knowing what direction to take, nor how to get rid of my trouble?”
NOTICE: How Satan will trick a person into believing a lie when he is in distress. The enemy will attack the mind!
Satan wants YOU to believe that you are all alone and it is up to YOU to find the answer. He wants YOU to believe that the only help you have is what YOU can come up with by yourself.
Satan is a liar!
Be patient, God is still a present help in times of difficulties.
It is common to think that when troubles last a long time,
it is going to be FOREVER!
The most difficult thing to do sometimes is to be patient.
This thought leads to the 2nd aspect of this Psalm.
2. When you are in the heat of turmoil and mental anguish, Pray!
"We should never allow ourselves to complain about anything
that drives us to our knees in prayer." - Matthew Henry
Wouldn’t it be devastating to stay in a blanket of despair, feelings of neglect, and an absence of God’s favor and assistance?
Prayer will connect you with God and allow you to realize that He is with you in every situation!
God said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Heb. 13:5 NLT).
David was at a point in his life where he felt abandoned, forgotten, and neglected.
Really, David? Can you not just realize that God is with you?
We look at the Bible narrative sometimes and scream at the pages wonder why these characters acted so un-spiritual.
Listen, they did not have the story with the ending in front of them. They were the SCRIPT!
It is easy to look at someone else and instruct as how to play out the scenario. BUT, it is different when it is YOU!
Why would God allow us to read about the weaknesses of such heroes in the Bible? Wouldn’t He want us to see the incredible attributes of His chosen Patriarchs?
I believe it is amazing that God shows us the lives of those in the Bible in a context of:
Defiant to His commands
God has shown us that we are all humans and are frail. If God only showed us the victories in the great heroes of the Bible, we would feel inadequate.
BUT, we can know that God is with us just as He was with those in every story in the Bible.
3. When you feel the pressures of life, feel neglected, feel unworthy, and feel abandoned, Worship God anyway!
David, even in his most perplexed moments, felt God’s presence. He knew the characteristics of his God! He knew that he could “vent” to God in his moments of weaknesses and anxieties. Then, immediately he turned to worship.
David knew there was something about worshiping God that would calm the soul.
“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.”
In other words, no matter what I am feeling or experiencing, I know you love me and I trust You! I choose to sing to You because you have never failed me and You are good to me!
This was a prophetic prayer. David did not see any relief at this time. He had not experienced the aid for his anguish and struggles. He was speaking forth the future. He knew his God and knew that God would bring him through and give him victory. He worshiped in FAITH!
David was as confident in his slavation as if it had been completed already!
Know that you can trust God! When you feel the pressures of life, neglected by God, unworthy, abandoned, through worship, you will prophetically announce the salvation of God.
You will have the strength and the power to announce what David said.
“Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me” (NLT). - Psalm 116:7
“Lord, there are times when it is difficult to understand the difficulties we must face; words cannot describe how we feel.
But, I do know that You are there beside us. We need You!
Lord, help us understand Your ways and know that You love and care for us. We can trust You.
God, we choose to worship You no matter what we face in life. Forgive us in those times that we doubt You; we are human!
God, lead us and guide us and when we walk through the valley of chaos, give us courage to have no fear. We know You are with us.
Thank you for being God! Amen.