Pastor Andrew's Message
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
How long, Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
How have you maintained your faith in a time where God has appeared slow to act?
Psalm 13 is an honest Psalm. It’s not filled with complicated words or endless metaphors like some; it’s a simple heart wrenching cry from David to God. This might be from a time when David was chased by Saul or Absalom, or it might be from a time when David was hurting from another experience in life, or facing illness or death. He certainly seems feel as though he’s approaching death in verse 3.
Most of us will have times like this in our life, and the challenge is for us to be able to respond like David in prayer. But in the final verses of Psalm 13, David finds hope and deliverance in God, and we can read the final stanza 3 different ways.
1) Prophetically - David is trusting in God for his deliverance and that goodness will be seen soon in his reality.
2) Faithfully - David is remembering God’s faithfulness in the past and the reality that God has delivered him this far.
3) Persepective-ly (not a real word!) - David knows that even in the middle of his trouble and trials, God is still good to him and has given him salvation.
As we wait for the Prime Minister to announce that next tranche of restrictions and what we will be allowed to do over Christmas, let’s turn to God and seek his deliverance in our reality prophetically, faithfully and perspective-ly (it might become a real word if I use it enough!!)
May God bless you today,
Thank you for you goodness to me in the past, in my present, and what I have to look forward to in the future. May I live today in light of those realisations.