¹How long, O Lord? Wilt Thou forget me forever?
How long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?
2 How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him”;
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
(Psalm 13: 1-4)
Our enemy is different. It is not a physical intruder that we can combat with weaponry. Yet, like David, our current enemy, a virus, can rob us of peace and security and leave us shaken. We may be questioning God, asking where He is through this shadow of fear and death. “Where is the Light? Have You forgotten us?”
“How long, O Lord?” is our plea.
These questions, however, are directed to the wrong source. REDIRECTING: Why don’t we seek His Light? How long will we try to hide our faces from Him? Have we forgotten Him? Is the pain in our souls and the sorrow in our hearts our own fault, because we remain disconnected from Him?
David reconnects with God in the next lines of the psalm, recognizing that the problem is his own faith toward God and not a question of God’s faithfulness to him.
5 But I have trusted in Thy steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because He has dealt bountifully with me.
David’s words to God in these two verses should be our own.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
to all who call upon Him in truth. (Psalm 145:8)
We are never alone before any enemy or threat. We are never alone before anything or anyone that may do us harm, including ourselves—as long as we are connected with Him.
STAY SAFE–with God. STAY HOME–with God.
STAY CONNECTED—WITH GOD!
AND NEVER DISCONNECT FROM THE SOURCE OF HOPE AND PROMISE
AND EVER-FAITHFUL LOVE.
(Sharon G. Tate blog 04/5/2020) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word