Chapter 13

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1How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

5 But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 13

I recently heard a speaker talk about the many different types of bankruptcies for which people can file. The most severe kind is Chapter 7. You file for this when you have ZERO rescources. Zilch, zippo, nuffin.

But if you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you are declaring you have just one resource you can claim.

That’s what makes Psalm CHAPTER 13 (get it?) so very wonderful. David finally realizes toward the end of this chapter, that he is most definitely not alone! He has one resource, and it is the absolute BEST one he could have!

This psalm kind of speaks the words of my similarly bipolar heart. Destitute, despairing! But wait! Thank You!!

How long?” Man, have I asked this question too many times to count. Maybe you have, too?

How long must I wait for my spouse’s heart to be changed?

How long do I have to continue on with this illness or pain?

How long do I need to wait for You to bring me my children back?

How long do I have to fight this battle?

How long?????

It is so difficult to continue pressing on with joy when God seems to go silent on us. We can’t even hear a whisper blowing in the wind from His lips. It got me thinking…maybe He does this so we can learn to be trusted with His silence. I mean, THAT is seriously the toughest thing in all the world to do: to walk when we cannot see, to rejoice when we cannot hear! To have joy without being given any explanations.

People sometimes make fun of David for his “woe is me” psalms, with a sudden turn-around at the very end. But honestly, aren’t we ALL a little like that? So many nights, I am crying, listing all the things that are wrong in my life, begging to hear ANYTHING from God. Then a switch seems to turn on. “Wait! You ARE here! I know You are! I know You love me! And you give me so many good things! Just forget about all that nonsense I just spewed. Thank you!”

Bottom line. Whatever horrible situations you are facing today, He HAS dealt bountifully with you! We don’t deserve any of the goodness He gives, yet He keeps on giving. The good BOUNTIFULLY outweighs the bad!

My only RESOURCE in this life is most definitely more than enough for me.

2 thoughts on “Chapter 13

  1. In His silence, He is speaking…In His silence, He is working on our behalf….It’s all about the ‘Fullness of God’s time.’ I’m learning more and more about that….He’s working quietly on us…our attitude…our perspective….He quietly watches our responses while we wait and He takes note of how we are handling His silence…..He feels far, but He is actually very near….He loves it when we get even closer to Him during those times…..Your blogs are filled with good and needful subject matters! Keep writing them…..

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