How Long, O LORD? (Psalm 13:1-6)Phillip Stuckey, June 5, 2016
Part of the Exposition of the Psalms series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
The thirteenth psalm is ascribed to David. Like the previous psalm, there is nothing that reveals when it was written or what were the circumstances that precipitated it. In this lament David confronts his feelings and shows us how to overcome our own struggles, how to move from doubt and despair to confidence and joy in the Lord.
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Psalm 13 (Listen)
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
13:1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.