How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? Forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:1-6) 

Psalm 13 was written by David, who addresses God at the point of despair.  David is honest with God and repeatedly asks Him, “How long?”  The problem David faces has apparently gone on for some time.  He feels abandoned by God and fears his enemies will prevail against him.  However, David makes an abrupt turnaround.  He calls out to God for help, affirms his trust in Him, and concludes the psalm with singing and rejoicing.   

David felt down and forgotten, but rather than continue in his distress, he prayed and renewed his strength and trust in God.  Like David, we can get discouraged or feel overlooked by God if our prayers go unanswered.  But would the Father, who sent His Son to die for us, ignore our prayers and forget about us?  No.  We serve a good and faithful God.  So let us pray and sing to the LORD, and trust in His unfailing love.

Father, strengthen those who are discouraged or who feel hopeless, alone, down or forgotten.  Lift them out of their distress, raise them above their circumstances, and fill their hearts with peace and joy.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.