Psalm Thirteen: Beautiful Depression

Posted: September 27, 2012 in Interlude (Psalms)

I’ve always considered this psalm to be an old friend of mine. It’s one that I can often relate to, one that resonates deeply within me. It’s the writing of a man who has reached the end of his rope, has nowhere to go, and God is nowhere to be found. David is absolutely miserable. Look at what he’s saying: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?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? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed over him,’ lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.”

Ever been there?

I have.

Certainly not to the extent David was. No one’s come after me to kill me. But I’ve still experienced those times where everyone seems to be against me and God is gone.

It’s a miserable place.

David has every right to wallow in his misery. I mean, we certainly can’t expect the guy to be a basket of joy when he’s feeling like this. But check this out- here is the amazing part. Here is David’s secret to joy, to retaining his happiness, his faith and trust in God. He continues, “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

See, the key is to not dwell in ourselves, to not focus on our surroundings. The only way through is by fixing our eyes on God, to realize that His love is everlasting. If we focus on the Gospel, the good news that God has saved us despite our sinfulness, then we can embrace the truth that though we may be in the darkest valley of our lives, God is still there. He is still good. Better days will come. Trust Him.

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