Psalm 13

David feels ignored by God and forgotten. He can’t wait much longer. By faith, he continues to trust in God’s loving kindness. And he sings to the LORD.




For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.


VERSE 1. How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

How long, LORD? David feels ignored by God and forgotten. Will this continue indefinitely?


VERSE 2. How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart every day? How long shall my enemy triumph over me?


VERSE 3. Behold, and answer me, LORD, my God. Give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;

lest I sleep in death. David feels he will not survive much longer.

Give light to my eyes. That is, “give me wisdom.”


VERSE 4. lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him;” lest my adversaries rejoice when I fall.


VERSE 5. But I trust in your loving kindness. My heart rejoices in your salvation.

I trust in your loving kindness. It is clear from the rest of this chapter that David is having trouble trusting in God’s faithfulness. So he says this “by faith.” To say something by faith means you say it, even though you might not believe it yet. By saying it aloud, you not only increase your own faith that it will come true, but you also demonstrate your faith to God. And faith pleases God (see Hebrews 11:6).

Hebrews 11:6. Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.

loving kindness. The Hebrew word is khesed. It means loyal love.


VERSE 6. I will sing to the LORD, because he has been good to me.

I will sing to the LORD. David anticipates his time of waiting will end.


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