How Long, O Lord? Psalm 13

Psalm 13 “How long, O 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 every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; 4 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 to the Lord, for he has been good to me.”
Salmo 13 “Fino a quando, o Signore, mi dimenticherai? Sarà forse per sempre? Fino a quando mi nasconderai il tuo volto? 2 Fino a quando avrò l’ansia nell’anima e l’affanno nel cuore tutto il giorno? Fino a quando s’innalzerà il nemico su di me? 
3 Guarda, rispondimi, o Signore, mio Dio! Illumina i miei occhi perché io non mi addormenti del sonno della morte, 
4 affinché il mio nemico non dica: «L’ho vinto!» e non esultino i miei avversari se io vacillo. 5 Quanto a me, io confido nella tua bontà; il mio cuore gioirà per la tua salvezza; io canterò al Signore perché m’ha fatto del bene.”
 
     Have you ever felt frustrated when it seems that the Lord doesn’t answer your prayers? Or do you wonder in the stress of your life, “Where are You, God”? King David and believers everywhere have had times like these. How do we keep serving the Lord when God’s answers are hard to find? Notice the phrase “How long” is repeated four times. Perhaps you have been like David and thought: God, how much longer do I have to bear this before You answer me? As believers, it must be embedded in our hearts that we are not the center of our spiritual lives…God is!
We must serve Him when things are easy and also when things are hard. As David poured out his frustration, he finally realized his complaining didn’t change anything and that he needed to put his focus back on God and His promises. In verse 5, “But I” began David’s step in the right direction. This is a present and future plan for going forward in times of frustration. Verse 5 is the resolve David needed to make up his mind to trust in God’s unfailing love. The Lord never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:3-4). Verse 5 also reminds us that our salvation is His certainty. Once our heart and mind refocuses on God, it will give rise to expressions of praise in singing of the goodness of God. 
Pray with me: Lord, I understand David’s frustration when the answers are slow in coming. Help me to refocus my heart and mind on God as I trust in His unfailing love.


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