Pondering the Psalms - Psalm 13

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:

V. 1-2
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.

V. 3-4
David wanted to be refreshed so as not to get tired and relax and let down his guard.

V. 5-6
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.

God's presence is not dependant on our feelings.

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.


  1. I so enjoy your posts on the Psalms! You always have an insight into something that I missed.

  2. I think all too often we're afraid to be real with God--yet he's the one who values our genuine sharing of feelings the most. I've gotten in the habit of journaling my angst and praising God in the process--I always feel much better!

  3. Over the years, I've had to learn to sing God's praise and trust him in the midst of big storms. My faith was almost destroyed by a storm a few years ago; a mix of the storm being so bad and people in the church telling me that this situation was a reflection of my faith and faithfulness because bad things don't happen to people who truly have faith. Despite almost losing it, I believe that was the storm I needed to really truly secure the foundation of my faith. It was the first time I found myself truly without hope, and even then God came through. It taught me to shut out the voices of people, because people often say things that are not of God. In our struggle, it's God we need to depend on, not man.

  4. How very true, Sandra. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you linkup again soon :)

  5. After listening to the Lord, I had to break off an engagement in my early 20's. An older lady at church knew the situation and reminded me that God knows what's going on and what I want in a husband, BUT He wants to hear me talk about it with Him. I'll never forget that piece of advice and I share it with others when I can.We need to communicate with God not just take for granted that He knows. Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  6. I'm so glad that God included the raw honesty of the Psalms of David in the Bible!