"How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? For ever? How long wilt Thow hide Thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?" Psalm 13:1-2.
As we read through the Psalms we find King David going through the whole range of emotions. He held nothing back in expressing where he was in his walk wth God or how he was doing spritually. This is one such Psalm. David felt as if his God had turned His back on him. His enemies seemed to be prevailing.
There are times in our lives where we sometimes feel this same way. A terrible storm of life comes our way and it seems to stay forever. We wonder where God is. Why won't He help? Has He suddenly forgotten me? Why has He turned His back on me? In our pain and fear we momentarily forget the many promises of God and begin to dwell on these questions, just as King David did.
"Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved." Psalm 13:3-4.
In our pain and fear we seek God even as David did; but unsure if He is even listening to us; again mometarily forgetting His promises. We fear and dwell on the worst happening. I have certainly been there; moments in my life when I am full of worry and fear. Has God turned His back on me? Then I remember the many times He has watched over me; those times when the worst should have happened, but didn't; those times when I should have died, but didn't all because God was there. And I think about how there must be countless times in which God watched out for me and intervened that I don't even know about because they never happened to me. King David knew what we also know: that even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with us.
"Lord, have you turned Your back on me?" "Yes, my child." "But Lord, I don't understand! Why?" "I've turned my back not because I'm leaving you, for I am always with you. I've turned my back not because I'm ignoring you, for I am always lovingly listening. I've turned my back not because I've forgotten you, for my thoughts of you are endless. I've turned my back not because I no longer care, for my love for you is deeper than the sea and higher than the heavens. But I have turned my back on you, my precious child, to vanguish the enemy that was sneaking up from behind."
"But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation. I will sing unto The Lord, because He hath dealt bountifully with me." Psalm 13:5-6