Today’s assigned Bible readings were many: 2 chapters from Leviticus (which is always a challenging book to read but one not to be ignored), 2 Psalms, a chapter from Proverbs (which has some great pieces of wisdom) and from 1 Thessalonians. Normally there are only 4 chapters a day to read during this plan.
Today it is not a single verse or two that capture my attention but the entirety of Psalm 13 which I included below:
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, O Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
4 my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
for he has been good to me.
Verses 1 – 4 contain a lament/complaint to God. The psalmist is wondering when God will answer him and act. The psalmist feels alone, is wrestling with sorrow, is in a dark place and feels the whole world is against him.
When haven’t WE been there?
But then the psalmist closes with some incredible words of faith. He trusts in God’s unfailing love and rejoices in God’s salvation. And if that is not enough the psalmist will sing to the lord for the Lord has been good to him. Despite what is going on the psalmist maintains his faith.
My prayer is that when times get tough for me I may remember that God has been good to me through sending Jesus to die and rise that I may live. Even though I may feel alone at times; even though I may feel like the whole world is against me, God is for me. God is with me. God has been good to me. And God has not forgotten about me. I pray I may always remember this that I may praise God in the good and the bad. For God has been and will always be good to you and to me.
Praise be to God!