Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Psalm 13

Psalm 13
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

I love it when God allows me to remember what I have previously read so that I can keep His word in my heart. So often I think that I forget it too fast, although I wish not to lose it. I am reading Heart Aflame - Daily Readings from Calvin on the Psalms, and Calvin says, "that the Psalmist does not as yet feel how much he has profited by praying but depending upon the hope of deliverance, which the faithful promise of God enabled him to entertain, he makes use of this hope as a shield to repel those temptations with the terror of which he might be greatly distressed". (He is speaking of the part I have in red.)

God may not choose to show us the end to certain situations, and he may never answer our "whys". It isn't always what we see that allows us to persevere, but our hope in Christ. Nancy Guthrie in Hoping for Something Better explains this hope so well. She writes, "There is nothing uncertain about biblical hope. It speaks of something that is certain but not yet realized. We haven't experienced it yet, but there is no question it will happen."

I am so blessed to have a God who loves me. In Him I have hope.

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