Read: Psalm 13
in a Year: 1
Samuel 17–18; Luke 11:1–28
—Psalm 13:1How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
In Lewis Carroll’s
classic Alice in Wonderland, Alice asks, “How long is forever?” The White Rabbit responds, “Sometimes, just one second.”
King David echoed this sentiment, singing, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? 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?”
(Psalm 13:1-2). Four times in just two verses he asks God, “How
long?” Sometimes the pains
of life seem as though they will never end.
Into this heartache steps the presence and care of our
heavenly Father. Like King David,
we can honestly go to Him with our pain and loss, knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). The psalmist discovered this as well, allowing
his lament to
move from a mournful minor key to a triumphant declaration:
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices
in your salvation” (Psalm 13:5).
In our seemingly endless moments of struggle, His unfailing love will carry us. We can rejoice
His salvation. —Bill Crowder
When overwhelmed with the circumstances of life, do you find yourself wondering where God is? As you reflect on God’s faithfulness to you in the past it can remind you that He is worthy of your trust—even when you suffer and don’t know why. Bill Crowder
My thoughts on today’s word...
I have been struggling with pain in my left knee, My prayers for
healing are constant and many are praying with me. Some tell me I'm being stubborn and foolish for not having the knee replacement
surgery. I tell them about my problem with pain medications, but it falls on deaf ears. Aside from the pain of that terrible kind of surgery I decided to put my plight in my Lord's hands. When the time is ready, He WILL HEAL THIS KNEE..without
He has directed me to other means of seeking relief of the arthritis pain in my knee's. I had a bout with pain in my right knee, and shots
helped it. However, the same shots did not work on my left knee..BUT, God has provided knowledge and skills to other medical professionals and new processes, which I have been getting treated with now.
I'd like to say I found success, but, not yet! This group of professionals is determined to find a solution for me. I feel they are my "God" answer..! I, Like King David ask, How Long Lord and the answer
always comes back, "when it is time !"
In this article, I was reminded about how many times my savior was there for me in
the past...they are numerous and remarkable, I marvel at His wanting me to be His child and loving me so much that He died for my sins.
I am forgiven and redeemed and soon to be healed!
The reason I write all this is to encourage anyone suffering with pain, physical or emotional to remember our God is there for you..He gives us hope for tomorrow and comfort for today.
I will share the treatments I've been getting soon, but at this time it's a waiting' time.
HOW LONG? God know's and he will reveal it to me when it's time.
“But I trust in your unfailing
love; my heart rejoices in your salvation” (Psalm 13:5).
"This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it". Psalm 118:24