Bible Verses for the Day | Psalm 13
"How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? forever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? 2) How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? 3) Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; 4) Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. 5) But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. 6) I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me."
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the blog, for another great God inspired visit! In these times that we're living in, we need to know that God is always close by…and my prayer today; is that we would truly experience His loving presence…in a way that would continually be a reminder to us; that He hasn't and will never forget us, during times such as these…Amen!
You know…before I truly came to know God in a very real way, I experienced moments when I had felt forgotten by Him. It was through these Bible verses in Psalm 13; that God truly began to draw me into His presence. Just like me…I'm sure that you too have had a moment, when you've cried out to God and said… "How long will you forget me?" These can not only be the times when we feel abandoned by God, but also unaccepted by God.
I will never forget the moment when I felt as though God had not only afflicted me…but had also walked away from me. As I look back on those times, I now see that it was Satan who twisted up my thoughts and painted a different picture; then what God had actually planned for that moment…for he was attempting to make me believe that God had brought all of this upon me…and then abandoned me, when actually, God was allowing these moments to enter my life, as a way of strengthening me and changing my life forever. I have to admit that there were times, when I thought that the enemy (Satan) was going to win this battle. In fact, I don't know how many times I said to God… 'If you don't help me; then I'm not going to make it…never realizing at the time that God was controlling every moment that He had allowed to enter my life.
This morning, as I read Psalm 13 once more, I see how the verses within this chapter are very similar to our Bible reading (Psalm 6:6-10) from yesterday; because David once more cries out to God and pours out all his thoughts and hurtful feelings before God…thoughts that made him feel abandoned and forgotten by God. From there, David goes on to say that if God doesn't do something soon; then he will die, and the enemy will end up claiming the victory.
After David went through these moments of what appeared to be panic, doubt and fear; he begins to realize that the only way left to survive these times; is to let go and trust God completely. As he does begin to trust God; it's as though this way of thinking is now taking him out of the moments of discouragement…to now await the moment, when God will actually save him. In other words, David learns that when he isn't getting the answers to his questions; then it's now time to let go of those questions…to walk blindly with God and see where his steps of faith will lead him.
We also can experience moments that are very similar to what David went through. The problems we face can attempt to walk us down a road of darkness and despair…to the place where we fall apart and panic, as we cry out to God with a desperate cry and say… "Where are you God…have you forgotten me?" When these moments of panic and fear come to us…where are we turning from there? Are we still pressuring God to answer us, as we panic and fear these unknown moments…or have we decided to just throw in the towel and give up on God? If so; then maybe it's time to take the next step and continue on with God through the dark moments, while anticipating the time, when God will walk us out of the problem and save us…in His way and in His time? The way I see it; is that we might as well continue on; because we're not going to find God and the answers we so desperately need, by sitting down and giving up. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe God is remaining silent for a time, just so He can see what your next move will be? Through times such as these, I have personally come to see that God isn't out to torture us in this way; but to actually strengthen us and cause us to lean on Him even more, than before the problem first entered our lives.
Believe me when I say…moments when God remains silent, can be used by Satan to convince us that God has hurt us…and has left us alone for good; but on the other hand, when we choose to remain committed to God during these times; then we will be able to see these moments as an opportunity to continue on and trust God with every step we take. Even though these darkened moments can make us feel very much alone…a time of continually pursuing God, will relay a message to Him that we refuse to give up…and that we are not going to quit, until we find Him and the answers that can free us from these moments. In this way, we are being strengthened…and even more, we are being drawn closer into the presence of God.
You know…we all have days, when nothing seems to be going right, while we wonder where God is. Instead of giving up…because you feel as if He has forgotten you; why not go looking for Him…and one thing I can say for sure…you will find Him.
Well…I don't know about you; but this has been a great visit for me, as I need these little reminders from time to time. I pray that as we end our visit together; that you will be able to let go of everything except for God…and that your desire to find the answers you so desperately need, will become a strength that will help you to continually pursue God.
May God bless us all, as we go our separate ways…and my prayer as we close; is that you will be able to find the time again tomorrow, to come back for another great God inspired visit! God bless you so much!
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