Peace & Blessings Beloved,
TGBTG for allowing us to see another day. I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.
Last week we reviewed Psalm 12. Today, we're going to study Psalm 13.
With that in mind, let's get to it.
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David
1 How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? forever?
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?
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.
5 But I have trusted in thy mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
6 I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
This is a psalm of transition. Starting in discouragement and despair, David finishes in a place of trust, joy, and encouragement.
The Psalmist, David, mourning God's perceived absence and the triumph of his enemies, prays for relief before he is totally destroyed, and is encouraged to hope his trust will not be in vain.
David, like many of us, had an internal battle with feelings of discouragement & abandonment, as if God had turned His back on him.
Even as he struggled with doubt and perceived abandonment, David was still intentional about praying to God, with sincerity and transparency.
David's faith in God's mercy filled his heart with joy in his salvation; for he knew joy and peace come by believing.
David's, and consequently our, suffering had a purpose, one which is designed to mature, grow, and draw us closer to God
Recognize the power of fervent prayer & faith; and how good it is to draw near to God, in the midst a/or the aftermath of tribulation
Don't allow feelings to blind you from reality
Never give up hope in God
May we establish, nurture, and grow a sincere love for the word of God, and study it lovingly & faithfully.
I pray you receive this with the love intended, and apply it to wisdom.
Love you much.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Blessed!
P.S- If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, I implore you to take the time to do so right now. Use John 3:16 & Romans 10:9-10 as a foundation for making your confession of faith. And use Ephesians 2:1-10 to provide proper context for your salvation.