Psalm 13

13:0David probably wrote Psalm 13 when Saul tried to kill him. This happened often. David asks God 4 times ‘How long?’ David is very sad. Today we would say that David was depressed. Depressed means that we feel heavy inside because we are very sad. We would like to die. But David prayed to the Lord. David said that he believed that God would not fail him. God would make him safe. Then David would not be depressed any more. David would sing to the Lord.

How Long, Lord?

This is a song that David wrote for the music leader.

1 How long, Lord, will you forget me? For all time?

How long will you hide your face from me?

2 How long must I think such sad thoughts? All day long?

How long will my enemy win?

13:2Verses 1-2: David is depressed. David thought that God had left him. That is what ‘hide your face from me’ means.

3 Look! Answer me Lord.

My God, give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death.

4 My enemy will say, ‘I beat him!’

My enemies will be very happy when I fall.

13:4Verses 3-4: David asks God for an answer. David asks for ‘light to my eyes.’ This means life. David does not want to die.

5 But I will believe in your love that never fails.

My heart will be very happy because you make me safe.

6 I will sing to the Lord.

He is so good to me.

13:6Verses 5-6: God does not answer David. But David believes that God WILL answer. This is because the love of God never fails.