How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart all day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? Psalm 13
The writer of this Psalm is David. We know as a young shepherd boy that God was preparing David to be King. God had rejected Saul for his partial disobedience and He sent the prophet Samuel to anoint a new King. When Saul found out he was rejected by God, his jealousy grew and set out to pursue David. It’s hard to imagine the fear and confusion that David felt because God had sent the prophet to the House of Jesse and it was God who chose him and was raising him up as the new leader. I have found myself in a situation where God had sent 8 people and a prophet to persuade me to make a difficult decision. As I began to make the decision to obey God, I was met with a great deal of resistance. I had been dealing with a situation where it seemed that my enemy was pursuing me and I kept calling out to God for his vidication. At one point I began to become angry with God, afterall, I am just trying to be obedient and why was He not helping me? How long must this battle go on? We may not always understand God’s plan and it seems as if our enemies are prevailing over us. We read the end of Psalm 13 that David is professing his trust in God’s lovingkindness and his heart will rejoice in God’s deliverance. If David had not gone through running for years we would never have the great Psalms that were written. His authenticity of his fears and questions of God’s ways and timing are writings of a real vulnerable man with who we can identify with. The greatest leading of David is always trusting in God and knowing that the Lord was His shepherd leading him to victory over his enemies and ultimately being a man after God’s own heart and reigning as King of Isreal. Your Saul can take on many forms, such as cancer, addiction, legal issue, difficult employer, abusive spouse, financial difficulties or persecution, to name a few. God’s glory was revealed by the writings of the Psalms and there is glory to be revealed hidden as treasure in your trial.