Psalm 13: 1-2 says”How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Theme: Praying from despair even when God doesn’t answer us immediately.
I know we all can identify with what David was expressing to the Lord, we too have come to a place in our lives when we prayed and prayed and yet it seems like God is still. I want you to look at the place of despair David found himself in, and how he shows us that we just can’t just go to others about our problems.
In these verses, David asked the Lord four times,” how long, Oh Lord?” Because of tradition many of us feel that we are not to question the Lord, when David asked the Lord, how long, he was not questioning the Lord’s authority. David just wanted to know when the Lord was going to step in and get him out of this despair.
Many times, we go to people to get comfort hoping that they can give us advice, but we need to understand that David never went to his friends telling them about his despair, he went immediately to the Lord. We must always go to God first, before seeking counsel anywhere else. It makes us feel good when we can talk to someone, but people will not give you the strength that you need.
David thought that the Lord was taking His time because he hasn’t heard from the Lord, we need to know that just because we aren’t hearing from God or that our situation is still present doesn’t mean that God is not working behind the scenes. We lack spiritual power because we lack joy. It is the strength that comes from our joy that enables us to overcome difficulties.
Please don’t walk away thinking that you can’t talk to someone about your problems that is not what I am saying. What I am telling you is that we must always go to God first. We all are guilty of going to friends first, and how did that work for you? After you finished talking to them, did you find satisfaction? No, you didn’t, you might feel at ease to get it off your chest but only God can get to your soul and that is something no friend on earth can do. But when you went to the Lord you got that inner peace didn’t you? Of course, you did.