“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” – Psalm 13:5-6 (NIV)
Do you ever have one of those days where everything that can go wrong, does? I think we all do at times, and they can be rough. Or maybe for you it isn’t one day, but several in a row, or maybe a month, or a year or more? I think the psalmist is struggling with this very thing, as he writes a few earlier verses:
Psalm 13:1-2: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me…? “
As I think upon the circle of people in my life, I know those struggling with cancer, Alzheimer’s, loneliness, big decisions, hospice, and a variety of other things. How about in your circle of people? I am sure we have all had thoughts like the psalmist above, wondering how long God will have us suffer, has He forgotten us, when does life “let up”? Adversity hits us all at different times and with varying intensity. I’ve had times where I have handled adversity well and times I have not. And I have learned that no matter the suffering, God can get me through it. I love how the psalmist ends with the verses above–trusting in God’s unfailing love and rejoicing to the point of singing to the Lord.
He knows that God has been good to him, despite his negative feelings. In my life, I have seen God’s unfailing love through the adversity, and I can rejoice in His love for me. I can truly say, “God has been good to me.”
Prayer- “God, thank you for your unfailing love that can get me through adversity in my life. I know that you have not forgotten me, even if it seems like it at times. Help me to have a heart that rejoices in you, to the point of singing, and continue to show me the many ways that you are good to me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”