How long?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 13

How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?

​​How long will You hide Your face from me?

How long shall I take counsel in my soul,

​​Having sorrow in my heart daily?

​​How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O LORD my God;

​​Enlighten my eyes,

​​Lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Lest my enemy say,

​​“I have prevailed against him”;

​​Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in Your mercy;

​​My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

I will sing to the LORD,

​​Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

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The believer is not exempt from hardship, suffering, depression.  The psalmist, known as a man after God’s own heart, experiences extreme depression and asks the questions we all have had at one time or another.  Why?  Where are you?  How long?  The heart longs for peace and relief from suffering.  Hope and light is the knowledge that God does care and is good to us.  The psalmist ends with praise for the goodness of the Lord.  His eyes are taken off his enemy, his circumstances and he places them back on his Lord.  This is what separates the believer from the unbeliever.  The believer has been given the power to rise above the depression and turn it to joy in his salvation.  This life is temporal.  Salvation starts now and is eternal.  Take hope and rejoice in that.

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