“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?
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.”
~ Psalm 13
“How long, Lord?” is a question the psalmist posed to the Lord in prayer. The extremely long, dark night of his soul had exhausted and depressed his heart and mind.
Are you in a similar condition? May I encourage you regarding the expression of your own exhaustion and depression?
It is okay to cry out to the Lord, “How Long, Lord?” Go ahead, express yourself to the Lord your God. It is perfectly acceptable (and even welcomed on His part) to fully express your heart’s despair.
Of course, we do so with respect as He is God. And within the context of complete respect, the question can be fully presented with sincere passion and genuine tears.
The psalmist ends his journaled prayer with his strategy for moving forward (v.5-6):
- I will Trust in You!
- I will Rejoice in You!
- I will Sing of You!
From my own experience, I can testify to all of the above being true. This psalm was a God-send for me in a very dark time in my life, and the psalmist’s strategy for moving forward with God is refreshing and powerful!
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