READ: Psalm 13
How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? —Psalm 13:1
As Karissa Smith was browsing in a local library with her babbling
4-month-old daughter, an older man rudely told her to quiet her baby or
he would. Smith responded, “I am very sorry for whatever in your life
caused you to be so disturbed by a happy baby, but I will not tell my baby to shut up, and I will not let you do so either.” The man
put his head down and apologized, and told her the story of how his son
died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome over 50 years ago. He had repressed his grief and anger all those years.
In Psalm 13, David expressed his grief. He addressed God with raw and honest language: “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?”
(v.1). These questions reflected fears of abandonment. David’s language
of distress gave way to a plea for help and reaffirmation of his faith
in God’s love for him (vv.3-6). Confidence and firm resolve came
alongside the cry of distress.
We all go through dark nights of the soul when we wonder if God has
abandoned us. As with David, our aching can give way to joy when we
approach God honestly, plead for help, and reaffirm our trust in a God
whose love for us will never waver or change. —Marvin Williams
Christ is the answer to heartache,
Christ is the answer to pain;
Though by all others forsaken,
He at your side will remain. — Elwell
God will never leave us nor forsake us.