Each Sunday I am going to choose a Psalm and write down some brief thoughts on it.
Today I'm looking at Psalm 13
This is not one of those very well-known Psalms.
This Psalm falls into three parts:
It was because of his enemies that David turned to God here and cried out.
He could feel the oppression of the enemies but not the presence of God.
David wanted to be refreshed so as not to get tired and relax and let down his guard.
Even just crying out to God has started to change David and he starts to look on the positive side of God's goodness to him.
Appears that perhaps David has realised that his feelings do not have a direct correlation with the presence of God.
David had questions about the presence of God because he could not feel that God was with him or showing him favour. He was questioning himself and was sorrowful because of the oppression of the enemy.
How often do we feel like David did?
Do we tell God truthfully how we feel - Yes I know we can say that God knows how we feel, but He also wants us to keep up communication with Him and we can start with expressing our feelings truthfully.
David knew the situation he was in was a grave situation.
He knew death could be the result of the heaviness and tiredness he felt in the midst of his situation because he could do the wrong things, make unwise decisions when he felt as if he was not in counsel with God.
This Psalm ends up with David lifted up in his spirit and therefore refreshed.
Just by thinking on God and restarting communication with God which we may even feel is one-sided can change our outlook and determination in any situation.
Yes David may have started with
"How long will thou forget me, O Lord"
but ends with
It is important we remember to keep an open communication with God.
Talking to God, even when it starts with moanings about what seems to be happening around us, will end up with us thinking of God and not dwelling on ourselves.