David’s plea to God in Psalm 13 was this, “How long will my enemy be exalted over me?” David felt abandoned by God and experienced immense sorrow to the “point of death” (vs 3). He also feared that his enemies would be victorious. We are not sure whether David was worried about physical enemies or spiritual enemies. Either way, he felt vulnerable and strived to remain a faithful servant.
We see a similar experience with Jesus in Gethsemane when Jesus said to his disciples, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38). Then, in verse 39, “he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.’”
Both men felt alone and abandoned by God and knew their enemies were lurking and waiting for an opportune time to pounce (1 Peter 5:8). We know this is just the beginning of Jesus’ suffering, but we are not sure where Psalm 13 ties into David’s life.
And that is okay, for both men demonstrated for us a perfect response. David and Jesus show us not to depend on how “faithful” we may be feeling, or what will be the end result, or even what the enemy is doing.
Instead we are to respond as David did in Psalm 13:5, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” The word “But” is an emphatic response in writing and for our spiritual lives. We can interrupt our internal dialogue and change how we respond.
For example, how can Psalm 13 help us respond . . .
. . . to a spiritual drought? “I will trust in God’s faithfulness.”
. . . to human feelings of loneliness and abandonment? “I will rejoice in salvation.”
. . . to the enemy’s prodding? “I will sing praises to Jehovah!” (vs 5-6)
Interrupt your desert faith walk with a “But I . . .” and rejoice in God’s salvation.
Carrie Dameron, MSN, RNBC, who is a regular contributor for Nurses Christian Fellowship International
and Journal of Christian Nursing
. She provides resources for Christian nursing on her blog http://blog.carriedameron.com/