GOD IS OUR HOPE IN THE MIDST OF SORROW
Psalm 13 describes the pain and sorrow that King David experienced through his enemies. His enemies were constantly pursuing him even before he became the king of Israel. King Saul, the previous king, tried to kill David because he didn't want to give up the throne, although God had already disqualified King Saul as king of Israel because of his disobedience. David cried out to God in this Psalm and wrote, "O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? (Psalm 13:1-2)" We may not have an enemy that constantly pursues us, but we can experience the same sorrow and pain that David had through the difficulties that we are going through at this moment. We may have difficult relationships at this moment, dreams that have been shattered, job situations that are draining our peace and joy, difficult financial needs, physical health problems, or going through depression.
So, how did David handle his pain and sorrow in his suffering? He trusted God. He wrote, "But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me (Psalm 13:5-6)." David remembered and trusted the unfailing love and goodness of God. Despite the pain, David anchored himself in God's love and goodness. He believed that God still loved him despite his circumstances. Similarly, we need to do the same thing. We need to trust God's love and goodness in our life. God promised us that He will never abandon or forsake us no matter what happens in our lives. Because David trusted God, he became the most successful king of Israel and died of old age. God cared for him throughout his life, even in the most difficult and painful times.
Let us trust God's love and goodness in our sorrows and sufferings. God will never abandon nor forsake us. He is going to carry us through our problems. All our pain and sorrow are only temporary, but God's love and goodness are forever.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through carefully and meditate on the questions while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speak to you). What can I learn from David in his suffering? What should I do in my suffering? What did God promise me?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, you are the strength and hope in the midst of my suffering. Please help me to stand in my faith in you and believe that you will take care of everything I am going through. I will never lose hope because you are always with me. You will sustain me until the end. Thank you for your love and goodness in my life. In your name, Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen.