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Psalm 13

June 4, 2009

This is a psalm of one [David] who is distressed and is anxious for the Lord to answer his requests and provide a solution to the existing circumstances. Verses 1-4 can be considered a lament from becoming impatient and perhaps even worried about what might happen. David expresses what we so often feel ourselves. We pray and we know God hears us. Thus, we don’t always understand why God doesn’t immediately answer our requests in that HE is more than capable. God always answers but He may answer as yes, no, or wait. We can understand the yes and no but it is the “wait” that frustrates us even though we know God is sovereign and His timing is perfect. Many times, though, our requests are selfish. Selfish requests don’t get His attention as quickly as requests to know Him more and to learn of His will. It is His Work that takes priority over our selfish desires.

In this psalm, David has lost touch with God. We often feel that way when we have un-confessed sin in our lives and thus feel a loss of fellowship. David expresses such in verses 1-2. He is wrestling with his thoughts [repentance?]. His enemy maybe flesh or spirit [Satan’s attacks]. David is anxious in verses 3-4 to have all this resolved and behind him. It is a natural request but sometimes the Lord says “wait” to teach us something about Him, to make sure our repentance is genuine, or to use our situation to glorify His Name. Regardless, recognize that God loves us [vs. 5]. The Lord is faithful. He will provide the ultimate salvation of His own children. Our response is to rejoice in Him while we await His answer.

So when you feel distressed, frustrated, or no longer in fellowship with the Lord, come before Him with a contrite, humble, and repentant heart REJOICING in the Lord for His love, His faithfulness, His goodness, and His salvation. That is the key to restored fellowship, to renewed patience in awaiting God’s perfect answer according to His perfect time. This is true worship; humble repentance coupled with rejoicing in the Lord’s forgiveness and goodness.

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