Have you ever felt like your prayers were just bouncing off the ceiling? Or have you felt like God had turned His face from you and found something more important, beautiful…interesting and you were left with silence?
You are not alone. In Psalm 13, David also wondered what was causing God to delay His answer. Bible commentaries believe that Saul is pursuing David, since David had been named by God to replace Saul as King. And in spite of all this, David had remained loyal to Saul and had tried to be the best servant he could be. But it doesn’t matter because David has become the object of Saul’s paranoia!
Psalm 13 “O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart everyday? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have resuced me. I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me.”
Waiting for God is one of the hardest things that we as humans are asked to do. This is especially true in a world of drive-thru’s, microwave cooking, internet communications etc. It seems that the more personal resources that we have, the harder it is go WAIT and let God work things out in the fullness of his timing.
This is the psalm for praying when waiting is the task. This is the psalm when you need to be still and trust God.
And in this psalm, David has found that unless Jehovah turns the tide, the enemies would soon be boasting that they had defeated him. He needs God to look upon him with favor or he would die. So David calls upon the Lord…
In this silence, we are to bring our restless, impatient spirit to God and confess how we feel about His timing. It’s okay to tell Him how frustrated you are with His ‘slow ways’. Confess it all…….then wait. Wait for God, even when you don’t feel like waiting. Wait for God when you cannot see the next step to take.
You don’t have to know how God is going to act. All you need to know is that God will act. Don’t look frantically about you, searching here and there for evidence of God’s presence.
Trust that God will show up. Keep waiting and keep watching. That is what David does. In verses 5 and 6, David believes that the answer is on the way. Trusting in the mercy of God, he knows that he will live to celebrate deliverance from his enemies. And in anticipation of this, he can sing praises to the Lord.
How often do we try to hurry up God? And how many times do we spend tremendous energy trying to devise plans to change our circumstances? We can beat down heavens doors, pace the floor, spend the day worrying…but it doesn’t need to matter that nothing changes.
David changed his heart by looking to the Lord….and not his problems. He was able to trust in Him and rejoice in Him. No matter how difficult things become we are to trust.
The real victory of the christian life comes from experiencing the joy of the Lord…in good times and bad.