David wrote Psalm 13 as a song of despair that ends with hope. He feels as though he has suffered enough.
His enemies have taunted him long enough, and he is asking God how long he must endure this despair. Yet it ends so simply and beautifully. It ends with David declaring his trust in God’s steadfast love and his rejoicing in God’s salvation.
“But I have trusted in your steadfast love;Psalm 13:5
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.”
This Psalm reminds me of a story a friend once shared. She said that God had shown her a picture. In the picture, all she could see was darkness, which represented how she felt at that moment in her life. God was only drawing darkness. Then God pulled her back to give her a different perspective, one where she could see the whole picture rather than the once small part she was currently sitting in, and it was a beautiful picture of life and color. The dark spot she was currently in was just God adding shadows to the image to make it more beautiful.
We all have times of suffering BUT we must live with trust in the Lord, have faith in the steadfast love of God, and know we have the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ.
How has God been showing up in your life lately? He loves to reveal himself through His Word. Time to grab some fabulous colored pens, open your Bible, and start reading.