Have you ever felt like you were in a situation so long that God had obviously forgotten all about you? I certainly have. There are times in life when we go through difficult seasons that seem as though they will never end. If you’re like me, you just want to look up at God and yell, “Enough already!”
That’s pretty much what the psalmist David was doing in Psalm 13. He has a bit of a temper tantrum for the first four verses of this short psalm and questions God over and over again, “How long, Lord?”
But something shifts for him in verse 5. And that shift is the same one we have to make when we’re feeling overwhelmed by our circumstances. He remembers the kind of love God has for him… a steadfast love. David goes from looking at everything that’s going wrong and causing him such anguish to looking at God and reflecting on who He is and more importantly who He has been.
It’s as if he has a flash back and remembers all the times God has rescued him in the past. He says in verse 6, “I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” He decides to behave in his present circumstance based on God’s track record. Since God has blessed him abundantly in the past why should this time be any different?
That’s such encouragement for us. Difficult seasons are inevitable and some of them last far longer than we would every want. But we have a God with a trustworthy track record. All we have to do is look back as David did and remember how he has delivered us in the past. Since we know He’s the same God yesterday, today and forever more, we can rest assured He’ll do it again.
Dear God our Father, you’re such an awesome God! We tend to use that word a bit too often and ascribe it to other people and other things, but it can only be attributed to you. We ask that you forgive us for those times when we take our frustration out on you because our circumstances seem too heavy to bear. Help us to cast all of our cares on you. Remind us in those times of who you have been in our lives. Thank you for putting up with our temper tantrums and waiting patiently for us to reflect on your track record of deliverance. Thank you for loving us in spite of ourselves. In Jesus name we pray…Amen!