“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? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. 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, A Psalm of David
Each night I read a Psalm to my wife before going to sleep. Tonight I read Psalm 13. What a deep psalm, for it really shows the relationship that David had with God! I mean, seriously, who else could you speak to in such a manner? Maybe your spouse? Boyfriend? girlfriend? Friend? Parent? I mean, just look:
“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? Turn and answer me…!”
- God is not a god who sits way up high in the clouds looking down at us, demanding that we treat Him like a distant or impersonal king, but a god who loves us enough to send His only Son to us, for communication and for salvation.
- God is not a god who despises His creation and makes us prove our submission to Him by hurting others, but a god who loves us unconditionally, and who pursues a relationship with us!
- God is not a distant god who requires communication with Him only certain times of the day, but a personal god who encourages and invites us to talk with Him as and as often as we’d talk with somebody extremely close with us.
David struggled much in his days, but he always trusted in the Lord and in His unfailing love. He rejoiced because He rescued him. And as a response to God’s goodness to him, he sang to the Lord.
Sing to the Lord, for He is good. Talk with Him often as you would with somebody who’s close. Enter into and build on a personal and intimate relationship with God, for He wants such also with you. Crying out to Him won’t chase Him away, but will instead bring you and Him closer, because that’s when you truly share your heart. You don’t need particular words, you don’t need a particular surrounding, you don’t need to point a certain way, you don’t need to be dressed up, and you don’t have to speak a certain language. Just speak to Him…then listen for and keep watch for His response.