“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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