TLIC Psalms. January 19. How Long?

Read Psalm 13. 1How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, 4lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. 5But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Four times David asks God the question “how long?” The four questions reveal how he is relating to God, to himself, and to his enemies. Clearly God has forgotten David. He has hidden his face, his presence, from the anointed king. Or at least that’s how David feels.

Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever struggled with the hiddenness of God, especially when your spiritual enemies are boasting about prevailing over you? Yes, I have too.

At the end of the day the choice is David’s to make, trust in God’s steadfast love or don’t. The enemy can’t make that choice for you. He can’t prevent your choice to rejoice in your salvation. Satan can’t stop you from singing to the Lord, only you can.

But how do we get from the hiddenness of God to the bounty of God? How do we see God as supplying everything we need rather than as the God who has forgotten us? We look to the cross of Christ. At the cross, the Father “forgot” Jesus and hid his face away from his Son. Why? So that you and I might forever receive his steadfast love and bountiful supply – the indwelling life and love of Jesus.

To live is Christ means never being forgotten by God, and always being bountifully supplied by his steadfast love and faithfulness.

Prayer. Jesus, when I feel forgotten and rejected by God, remind me that you died so that I would never be forsaken and never overcome by the Enemy.  

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