Psalm 13

Psalm 13

A Psalm of

Distress... And... uplifting

Encouragement  and  Comfort


A Psalm of David

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Verses 1-2

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever?

how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,

having sorrow in my heart daily?

how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?


Most of us have asked God that question.


Problems, Trials, and Tribulations


I cry out to God,


During difficult times,

it sometimes feels like God

is far away.

It feels like he is hiding or ignoring me.


it feels like God is tuning me out -

the way we sometimes do,

with a fussy baby

while we are preparing his bottle.

My mind and my faith
know God is with me
but my emotions
tell me otherwise.

Only when I SEE

my problems being solved

and my trials winding down,

do I

emotionally perceive

that God is there.

Verses 3-4

3 Consider and hear me,

O Lord my God:

lighten mine eyes,

lest I sleep the sleep of death;

4 Lest mine enemy say,

I have prevailed against him;

and those that trouble me

rejoice when I am moved.

God invites us to pray to him with words like:


hear me...

listen to my cry...

In verse 3, David cries out,

"Help me or I'm going to die."

Whether this is reality or it just feels that way,

this psalm is written

to help us not to feel so alone and isolated.

This psalm comforts us

as we realize

that others have felt this way

- and -

God himself inspired these words

to show

he understands our emotions

and he understands the tight places

we sometimes find ourselves


Verse 5

5 But I have trusted in thy mercy;

my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.


David is gaining strength

from remembering his past dedication

to God


declaring that he will continue

to stay steady

in trusting God.

David is also nailing down his commitment

to rejoice and praise God


God saves him from this situation.

Many people pray fervently when in trouble,

but when the deliverance comes,

they forget to praise and thank God.

Verse 6

6 I will sing unto the Lord,

because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

In the previous section,

David promised to praise God

for his salvation


the salvation comes.

In this verse,

he is saying that

he will not wait till his salvation

to praise God -


there are many great things

that God has already done for him -

things that are worthy of praise!

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