How long, O LORD ? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall.” (Ps 13:1-4)
All too often we may feel forsaken and abandoned as we ask, “Does God even care about me? Does God hear my pleas? Does God care that I am hurting? ” How many times have we entertained such thoughts? But honestly, do we truly believe, deep inside our hearts that God does not love us?
King David experienced many of these same emotions and thoughts that we sometimes do ourselves. Yet, he refused to focus on them. He was aware that God is not the One who abandons His children, but we are the ones who wander away from Him! As soon as these thoughts entered his mind, he made a conscious choice to focus on what he believed instead of how he felt: “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” (Ps 13:5-6 NIV)
Though King David felt that God had forgotten about him and abandoned him, as many of us do sometimes, He believed that God loved him. Though he felt defeated at the time, he truly believed that God would deliver him. Our feelings, whatever they may be must always succumb to what we know, what we truly believe.
King David was fighting his own battle within himself. He was fighting a battle of faith, what he believed and knew to be true against the emotions he was experiencing. How many times have we fought that same battle ourselves? Our faith, what we know to be true, our belief and our knowledge of God’s promises must be planted deeply within us to
help us overcome times like these. God loves us deeply, will never abandon us, will always triumph, and is always faithful. King David’s faith in a reliable God sustained him!
We need to decide what we truly believe about God’s love, His mercy, and the adversities God permits in our lives. We need unshakable faith in what we believe so that when the calamities of life come our way, we don’t let them destroy us. Feelings must always succumb to faith. Our feelings will lie to us and decieve us but God is always faithful and we can be rest assured He will always deliver on His promises to us in His Word.