Guest Author: Danny George
I know Who goes before me,
I know Who stands behind,
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
Whom Shall I Fear | Chris Tomlin
God has really started to reveal to me the truth in these words. I know this is something many of us hear all the time. But really think about what God’s Spirit has done in our lives. The fact that you are reading this blog or I’m writing this is the Spirit working.
I wanted to focus on this thought by going through Psalms 13
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
I want to share some similarities between this Psalm and our lives. I’ve definietley seen this in action in my own life.
A couple of weeks ago, I began suffering from anxiety which left me practically paralyzed and in a state of utter fear and misery. I’m in college, don’t really know what I’m doing with my life, and not doing well in school. I feel as though I’m definitely learning more about God, but not growing closer to Him. I’m filled with a ton a questions and very few answers. I don’t know where you are spiritually, but I feel everyone has been at this point of waiting on the Lord.
Now let’s get into this Psalm. Read verses 1-4.
When I read this, I noticed a lot about David’s state and the situation he was in.
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? | Psalm 13:1
It’s encouraging to hear the “man after God’s own heart” just being real with God. He says what is really on his heart and asks God some tough questions. David isn’t hiding anything; he is bluntly stating what he is feeling. Some might see it as disrespectful to God to question him. But we have to understand the relationship that David has with the Lord. This is an intimate relationship and David is asking these questions from his heart.
We can also see this as though it is a spiritual struggle with God. David feels as though God is ignoring him or has forgotten him. When life is terrible and things just seem like they are getting worse, I question, “Is God even concerned? Is He even noticing the pain in my life? When is He going to do something about it?”
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? | Psalm 13:2
This can be seen as a mental struggle. David is constantly bombarded with thoughts that are trying to tear away the promise that God has made to his people. I fight this everyday. Does God really mean He will never leave me or forsake me? Does God really want the best for my life? Because right now I don’t see this promise.
At the end of verse 2 we see a physical battle. Many people sought to end David’s life. We probably don’t have people trying to kill us, but we do face persecution and hardship. From the sound of David’s words it seems he has experienced failure in his life: “How long will my enemy triumph over me?”
Let’s put this together:
- David is spiritually drained or, at the least, struggling in his relationship with the Lord.
- He has thoughts that are constantly fighting what he knows to be true; thoughts that give him grief and sadness in his heart.
- He has people trying to kill him!
- He feels the weight of his failures.
Do you see any similarities to this in our own lives?
- I feel spiritually drained
- I fight thoughts about God’s goodness and question whether He is really going to fulfill His promises.
- I fight people who try to get the better of me or persecute me.
- I struggle with not letting my worldly/spiritual failures ruin my relationship with God.
David then requests the Lord to answer his prayer:
Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. | Psalm 13:3-4
It seems weird that David is almost demanding the Lord to answer him. The reason is because David knows that’s all there is to do…
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
| Psalm 13:5-6
In the New King James Version, verse 6 ends with “Because He has dealt bountifully with me.” One of my friends always tells me to look for the “but’s” in the Bible. We see one here. David is telling the Lord all the struggles in his life, everything that is just bringing him into despair. But at the end, he still chooses to trust in the Lord.
Another one of my friends told me that “trusting” is a choice. You have to choose to trust something or someone. And here, despite everything going on, David chooses to trust in…”your [His] unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your [the Lord’s] salvation.”
I don’t want this to seem like some cop-out for the problems in your life: “Yeah I have all these problems but God’s good.” I want you to grasp this like David has. He is clinging to who he knows God his. He didn’t have the Bible, so he didn’t have the opportunity to look through the Scriptures for this truth. So David looked back to where the Lord had brought him from and where he was at the present.
Verse 6: David remembers when he was a shepherd boy, the runt of Jesse’s sons. He thinks back to when he volunteered to take down Goliath. He trusted that God was for him as he entered this battle. He continued to carry around Goliath’s head everywhere he went (he really did; read it). He then became a great warrior and the king of God’s people! I’m asking you to remember, look into your life and I promise you will find moments in which the Lord worked miracles to bring you to where you are now.
We have to choose to trust in the Lord. This is something that I’m struggling to do, even now. As the father asked in Mark 9:24. I’ve prayed this for months and finally by a prayer of a pastor in a rural part of Tennessee, over my spring break, I felt the Lord break the doubt in my heart. And for once, I could truly hold onto the promises of God.
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. | Exodus 14:14
The Lord fought for David and is fighting for you. Whom shall you fear?