How Long, O Lord?


Reading the Word

Psalm 13:1–6 (ESV)

1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 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? 3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, 4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. 5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Understanding and Applying the Word

The Bible tells us that God hears and answers prayer. Yet sometimes it can feel like he is either not listening or not acting. That is how David felt in this psalm. He felt forgotten. He felt like God was hiding from him. And it brought great sorrow to David.

Even so, David trusted in the steadfast love of God. This speaks of God’s covenant promises to his people to be with them and be their God. David trusted that God would not let him down, even if at times it seemed as if God was far off. God had dealt bountifully with him in the past and he was sure God would bring him salvation in the future.

May we have the faith of David as we go through life. We all face times when God seems distant and we are desperate for him to act. Look back at the ways he has been faithful in the past and then know that he will be with us in the future.

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