Do me, & yourself, a quick favor & read Psalm 13.
Now, read it again, out loud this time.
Did you notice how David’s prayer or outcry progressed? Take another look at verses 1 & 2. “How long” is used 4 times. David is pleading with God in the first two verses.
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from us? How long must I take counsel in my soul & have sorrow in my heart all day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?”
David is longing for reprieve from his current situation. But he clearly wasn’t feeling the presence. But look at the slight shift that takes place in verse 3
“Consider & answer me, O Lord my God; Light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death”
Ok, so maybe that last part got a bit dramatic, but notice how he pleads with God at the beginning…do you even see me God?
The major shift comes in verse 5…but…
This is a contrary word that signals a change in direction or thought. David cries out to God in the beginning. Do you think, all of a sudden God was like “oh hey man, sorry I forgot about you”? Something makes me channel Al Borlan…I don’t think so Tim. Take another look at verse 3. David says “light up my eyes”. One of the hebrew root words of light is show. David was calling out to God to show him something. God didn’t all the sudden change his circumstances & he was able to come out of hiding. This signaled a shift in David’s heart & perspective. He turned his focus away from his circumstance & instead shifted it to worship & praise in verses 5 & 6.
I have trusted in your steadfast love
My heart shall rejoice
I will sing
…he has dealt bountifully with me.
Even though Psalm 13 is short & doesn’t seem to have much for us, the beauty of the Word is that there is always something in it for us. This verse, shows us that even when we are at our lowest, we can turn our eyes toward God & change our outlook. Even when it is a rainy season in our lives, we still have the freedom to turn our eye upward & search for him in those times he seems absent; because just like we see with David- he is there. His love is steadfast & ever-present.