How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:1-6
David the psalmist goes through a range of emotions similar to what many of us have felt. He is fearful and scared, he is beaten or chased by his enemies, he is desperate, he needs God but can’t find Him, he knows the answers he needs are in the Lord, without the Lord he knows he will be overcome. David cries out his heart to the Lord, but doesn’t dwell in his fears and emotions forever. By the end of this short psalm David declares the answer he knows is true and that he must follow: I trust in your unfailing love; I rejoice in your salvation; I praise you for you have been good to me. David’s psalm is like Jesus answering Satan when he was tempted after fasting 40 days in the wilderness. David speaks the truths he knows and leans on them rather than being overwrought by his fears. When you face similar times as David, remember the truths of God and lean on Him. When you’re not strong, He will help you. He is always strong.