Day 5: Psalm 13
Oh David! Reading this Psalm it is so clear that he is not in a good place and I am sure for many of us reading this we can empathise and understand how he is feeling.
Psalm 13:2 says
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day?
There have been times in my life when these words couldn’t be truer. I am sure many of us reading this have probably had times when Anxiety has gripped us so badly that it has caused ‘Agony in our minds’ and it’s caused to cry out to God and ask him ‘Where are you?’ It may not be anxiety it could be a season you have walked through or are walking through right now where you have cried out…
‘HOW LONG GOD, WHERE ARE YOU?’
If these have been words you have said or are saying right now in what ever you are going through, remember this from the book of Isaiah.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
You might not always feel it, but God has never left you and he never will. He has gone before you and made a way, he is right next to you taking every step with you. You are not alone, you are not navigating this season and this agony in your mind on your own. We may feel like he isn’t there but God is with you!
There are only 6 verses in this Psalm but we see David go on a journey from agony to rejoicing. We read how he cries out to God and asks him to ‘Restore brightness to his eyes’ and then in verse 5 and 6 we read this,
But I have trusted in your faithful love;
my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the Lord
because he has treated me generously.
David took his agony and instead of staying in that place he chose to rejoice and to sing to the Lord. There is power in our praise. Praise changes things, it takes our eyes off the agony we may be feeling, the season we are maybe walking in and puts them on God.
Today, let’s choose to rejoice and praise God despite our circumstances, despite how we feel and what we are going through. Praise changes things – we may not be able to all sing and worship together at the moment but we can sing and worship God exactly where we are.