“But I trust in Your unfailing love. My heart rejoices in Your deliverance. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:6
Psalm 13 shows us what to do when we find ourselves asking tough questions like this:
* How long will You forget me? (v1)
* How long will You hide from me? (v1)
* How long must I wrestle with my thoughts? (v2)
* How long must my heart sorrow? (v2)
* How long will my enemies triumph over me? (v2)
All these questions make me think that maybe Psalm 13 was written by an athlete or coach going through a tough season, rough injury, personal performance slump, real loneliness, broken relationship, or a long losing streak. And it’s written to an audience that will likely feel the very same way.
BUT Psalm 13 ends with a great 3-Point Play. Let’s take a look at what’s declared to help us push through:
* LOOK BACK AT WINS. One of the best ways to get through a tough stretch in life is to take a good look back. Note a salvation seen in the past, a deliverance experienced, a victory won. Resurrect the win to trust that it will happen again. He has been good. (v5)
* LOOK UP FOR POWER. Make sure there is a strong, real object to your faith and hope – the LORD. Only empowered ones truly push through. In His unfailing love, God delivers. (v6)
* SING OUT IN PRAISE. A last great way to push through is to find a good praise song and start singing it. Sing out about who’s been good to you. Sing in praise. Let the praise build the expectancy to push through again. (v6)
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Reblogged this on Theological Reflections and commented:
Great post and well-worth the read!
I can certainly relate to the importance of always maintaining a preserving, trusting, and grateful attitude towards the Lord. God is so incredibly faithful and He will always provide regardless of how bleak things may seem at the time. Therefore, He alone is infinitely worthy of our full, unblemished submission and reliance with whatever comes our way in life!
Have a great weekend!
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