How Long?

Psalm 13 NLT

1     O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?

2     How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

3     Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.

4     Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

5     But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.

6     I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.

Laments are questions and complaints to God which rise from disappointment, anger, grief, and pain.

Stages of Psalm 13

I. A Great Perplexity – his feelings (vs. 1-2)

Levels on which communication takes place

  • Frivolous
  • Factual
  • Feelings

Genesis 42:36 NLT – Jacob exclaimed, “You are robbing me of my children! Joseph is gone! Simeon is gone! And now you want to take Benjamin, too. Everything is going against me!”

II. A Great Petition – his foes (vs. 3-4)

Psalm 23:3 KJV – He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Ruth 4:15 NLT – May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!”

John 16:23-24 NIV23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

III. A Great Praise – his faith (vs. 5-6)

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