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How long is it going to take you, God? Psalms 13

For the leader. A psalm of David.                           

How long, Lord? Will you utterly forget me?

How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I carry sorrow in my soul, grief in my heart day after day?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look upon me, answer me, Lord, my God!

Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death,

Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed,” lest my foes rejoice at my downfall

But I trust in your mercy.

Grant my heart joy in your salvation, I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt bountifully with me!

Psalm 13 depicts what we should do when we are tempted to give up, we should look up, trust, rejoice and sing to the Lord a new song.

Did you know that depression can sometimes sneak up on you and leave a dark cloud hovering above your head?  The devil would like to wear you down through a spirit of grief, guilt, a prolonged sickness, an extended time of indebtedness or unemployment, etc..  After standing in faith for a particular situation month after month and year after year, we may eventually feel like the psalmist and sigh, how long wilt thou forget me, O Lord?  For ever? How long?

How long, O Lord?  I believe that we all can certainly attest to the psalmist cry because I too have cried out and out to the point of exhaustion.  I know it.  I admit it and I am tired of it.

Unfortunately, the psalmist started out feeling similar to most of us forgotten but in the last two verses something happens.  Perhaps, the psalmist came to the realization of the antidote for depression.  Basically, the psalmist instructs us to trust in God’s mercy, rejoice in your salvation, sing to the Lord, and remember all the things God has done for you and me in the past.  Undoubtedly, remembering will help us to rejoice.

Personally, I just think it’s good to know that God deals bountifully with those who are sorrowful , feel forgotten and are hurt and think that there’s no hope or way out.  God reminds us of His steadfast love that never ceases to change or come to an end!

So how long, Lord will you utterly forget me!?  My grandmother, Jessie Mae Risher Simmons used to say it like this, “It’s not as long as it has been.”

Keep the faith!

Be encouraged~!

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