Waiting for the Lord is always the way ahead when you feel abandoned
Published February 2nd, 2019
Main point summary
When David feels abandoned by the Lord, he prays urgently and with reasons, and his sense of abandonment turns to trust and rejoicing
v How long, O Lord ? Will you w forget me forever?
How long will you x hide your face from me?
How long must I take y counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
z Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
a light up my eyes,
lest b I sleep the sleep of death,
c lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am d shaken.
But I have e trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall f rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord ,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
In Psalm 13, David shows that sometimes we will feel as if the Lord has abandoned us. But in those times, we should express our sense of abandonment to the Lord and ask him to reverse it. When we pray such a prayer, it is OK, indeed, it is wise, to reason with the Lord. The expression "How long" seems to imply a commitment and decision to wait for the Lord. What else could we do? Finding satisfaction anywhere else is futile. So Psalm 13 shows that depression and feeling abandoned are legitimate things to bring to the Lord to ask him to reverse, and that waiting for him and not being satisfied with anything else is the way ahead.