Trials, Mercy, Joy


In Your Bible: Psalm 13
“For the director of music or the chief musician”

This directive appears in only 55 psalms. It charges the director of music to bring powerful, exuberant and vigorous songs of praise to the Lord in the worship gathering.

1 How long, 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 day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and 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 the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me (Psalm 13 NIV).

In this brief Psalm, David shows the depth of his despondency and the height of his confidence. * It’s God’s plan that we should delight ourselves in him alone and know that his mercy is available to all who come to him. As we pass through difficult times, we must remember to trust in his unfailing mercy.

When Trials Come

First, David pours his heart out to the Lord. He declares he’s been forgotten by God, suffered defeat by his enemies, and struggled mentally over this situation. To him it must have seemed to have been a very long time. We too should pour our heart out to God when we’re down. That’s what he wants.

Trust in Him

In the last two verses, David shouts [my impression] he will trust in the unfailing love of God. Then he sings and rejoices for God’s goodness to him [perhaps he dances too]. Yes, we too can sing and praise God as we trust in his unfailing mercy.

Prayer: Father, I need your mercy and love daily. I praise you for bringing joy to me in my high and low times. Selah.

* Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary of the Bible, Psalm 13,

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