Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 13:1-6 NLT

[1] O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?

[2] How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

[3] Turn and answer me, O LORD my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.

[4] Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

[5] But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.

[6] I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me.

Reflection . . .

The Psalmist expresses the kind of difficulty he experiences, like everyone – trials and tests of life!

The psalmist’s experience is much like a soldier crouched behind a barrier, gunshots and fire exploding around him, unaware that the general sits on a higher plain, mapping out the enemy’s next move. It is only when the smoke has cleared and the general’s plan is revealed that the soldier understands that he was never alone. Sometimes we may wonder where God is when we are in the middle of a battle, but it is the memory of past victories that allows us to sing while we wait for him to rescue us.1

It is the trial of our faith that is precious. If we go through the trial, there is so much wealth laid up in our heavenly bank account to draw upon when the next test comes. 

Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)
1 Praying Through the Bible, Meditation from July 17 Battle Hymns.