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Posted about 2 years ago

 

"How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 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? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him," lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in Your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me." Psalm 13




I used the entire chapter to make a point here. This chapter is six verses long. For the first four verses, David is crying out to God. He is asking God how long He will ignore him, how long will he have to suffer in front of his enemies and those who talk about him. He is asking God how long he will be sad and discouraged in his heart. He is begging God to deliver him and help him.

 


David is depressed. He is in the pit. He is alone, oppressed, feeling worthless and betrayed. He feels like God has forgotten him and that he has lost to the enemy. In his mind, his enemies are mocking him and God. He has no hope, no positive to hang on to.




Then in the last two verses - oh those last two verses! David finally remembers what he has already been given. He remembers what God has blessed him with in life. He rejoices in his salvation. He remembers his salvation and understands that salvation alone is enough to praise Him for eternity. David then remembers all of the other times God has blessed him and all of the wonderful dealings he has had with God. He sings to God!

 


Those last two verses say it all. Yeah - for four verses, our lives may be turmoil, strife, pain, sadness, fear, rejection, etc, etc, etc. But when we finally get it; when we finally remember the gift of our salvation; when we finally remember all of our "bountiful" dealings with God - then we have those last two verses, also.




The point - All of the bad we are facing right now can never come close to comparing to the miracle of salvation. It cannot ever change all of the things God has already done for us. Only He makes a broken heart new. Only He moves the mountains. Only He heals us, saves us, restores us, makes us whole and new again.




I have said it in church and many times over - If He never does anything else for me - He saved my soul. That, alone, can keep me praising God forever. And it still would not be enough praise. But He didn't stop there. He has healed me - numerous times. He has spared my life - more than a few times. He has provided for me throughout my entire life. I could never come close to praising Him enough for all of His "bountiful" dealings in my life.




**Just a side note: When you see "LORD" in the Bible in all capital letters, it was written in a fatherly sense. The writer is essentially referring to the Lord as his Daddy. So when you read it, try changing the word to Daddy and look at how it changes the emotion in the verse(s). This occurs in other places in the Bible, also.