Every period of suffering in our lives seems too long, doesn’t it? Even the singular ‘bad day’ can be draining. Maybe even now you’re feeling nervous about that meeting or presentation today, maybe you’re noting how little you slept last night and how today just doesn’t seem very promising. Or maybe you’re facing a more extensive trial – the frightening health issue, the pressing financial demands, the uncertain employment situation.
In Psalm 13, we see through David’s inspired writing that he, perhaps like you, was wondering just how long this trial could last. Maybe you, like David, are questioning if God has forgotten you. How gracious of a God do we serve, that He would put such intimate awareness of our troubles in His very Word?
And here comes the really good part. David ends his Psalm in the confidence of God’s goodness, writing, “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” David concludes his Psalm of uncertainty and sorrow with the beautiful assurance that comes through our God.
Friends, our amazing God does not belittle our sorrows or tell us simply to act happy and hope our troubles go away. He knows what it is to suffer, and yet in the midst of being literally crucified Christ still considered the joy before Him to be utterly worth it. Let us then, like David, cling to the reality of God’s salvation and love that surpasses every trial. Let us, as Paul wrote, remember that we worship a God who Himself endured such hostility and hardship so that we may not grow weary or fainthearted.
My hope is that through the reading of God’s Word in Psalm 13, your day seems a little brighter. Maybe that meeting is an opportunity to share the gospel. Maybe you will run into an unreached friend at the coffee shop as you stop in for an energy boost. Maybe the sun is beginning to shine through a little brighter right now.
But even if it isn’t, even if the trial is still a trial, we know that we have a firm stronghold in Christ. We can trust in Him. We can know that He understands. How beautiful that even through anguish and tears, we still have reason to sing to the God Who saves.
Please feel free and encouraged to share your own stories of God providing hope in hopeless times in the comments below.
By: Logan West