July 6, 2020
Read Psalm 13:1-2
How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
What do you do when you feel like God has forgotten you?
There are many different circumstances in life that can make us feel like God must have forgotten us. If He remembered us, He would have answered our prayers by now. Something would have changed for the better, right?
I don’t have all the answers as to why God allows us to wait in places that are uncomfortable, painful, or even desperate. But that is one of the reasons why I love the Psalms. The Psalmists are not afraid to express their feelings to God. They aren’t afraid to ask God tough questions. And yet, God’s answers to the cries of their hearts are often not recorded.
Still, many of the Psalms end in praise. They cry out to God, express their feelings, ask their questions, and lament. Then, they praise God anyway.
David begins writing Psalm 13 asking God how long it will before God remembers him. And yet, He ends saying, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.”
David has given us a model of what we can do when it feels like God has forgotten us. Pray, express your emotions to God, and ask your questions. But then turn around and praise God while you wait. Recount the ways He has been faithful to you in the past. You may not find all the answers to your problems, but you will be encouraged and strengthened by the reminder that He has been faithful in the past and He will be faithful again. He has not forgotten you.
God, I know that you have not forgotten me, even when it feels like it. Increase my faith and help me to trust you in the waiting. Amen.
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