It is one thing when we lose, but another thing when we lose by a large margin. It really hurts when we lose more than once, but it is even worse when our enemies despise us with cruel insolence, feast themselves by beholding us in misery, spike the ball, and dance at the end zone. That is devastating!
In the Psalm 13 David is going through a tough time. He lost many times and the enemies are treating him with disdain. On top of that it seems that God is distant and does not care about what happened to him. He just cannot take it anymore. In the first two verses he uses the expression “How long, O Lord?” four times.
It is not that he did not try to change the situation. In verse 2 he says: “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?” He is trying to find a solution, but he just cannot. Every thought and idea does not work, and the result is sorrow in his heart.
Have you ever been in one of those seasons, when you accumulate defeat upon defeat? Every time that you try to change the outcome results in more defeat. To make things worse, the enemy is celebrating everyday in your face. You are running out of options and you do not see any solution. There is no light at the end of the tunnel.
David in this short psalm not only describes his struggles but also helps us to learn how we should react in the middle of these circumstances. The first thing that he does is to let God know that despite all his defeats and trials, even when God seems silent and absent, he still trusts in the Lord. He says: “But I trust in your unfailing love; Psalm 13:5a.” David knows that God loves him, and His love is unfailing. During these times the most important thing is our faith and trust. They will help us to go through those situations.
The other thing that David mentions is his salvation. He finds something that nobody can take from him to bring some joy to his heart. Salvation is the best one. Here is what he has to say: “my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5b” When you are going through a period of defeats and it seems that God is silent and distant, remember about your salvation. Remember the grace of God toward you. Remember that your sins were forgiven. Remember that when you were a sinner God came to you and had mercy on you. That will bring joy to your heart.
Finally David decides to sing to the Lord: “I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:6.” This is not because David is good or strong, but because God has been good to him. David knows that what he is experiencing is temporary; it is just a season. On the other hand, God has been good to him forever. For David, God is worthy of our praises all the time, no matter how bad our circumstances are. God always deserves our praise and worship, because of His goodness towards us.
Have a blessed week,