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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? 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.

Commentary for Psalms 13

The psalmist complains that God had long withdrawn. He earnestly prays for comfort. He assures himself of an answer of peace.

- God sometimes hides his face, and leaves his own children in the dark concerning their interest in him: and this they lay to heart more than any outward trouble whatever. But anxious cares are heavy burdens with which believers often load themselves more than they need. The bread of sorrows is sometimes the saint's daily bread; our Master himself was a man of sorrows. It is a common temptation, when trouble lasts long, to think that it will last always. Those who have long been without joy, begin to be without hope. We should never allow ourselves to make any complaints but what drive us to our knees. Nothing is more killing to a soul than the want of God's favour; nothing more reviving than the return of it. The sudden, delightful changes in the book of Psalms, are often very remarkable. We pass from depth of despondency to the height of religious confidence and joy. It is thus, ver. 5. All is gloomy dejection in ver. 4; but here the mind of the despondent worshipper rises above all its distressing fears, and throws itself, without reserve, on the mercy and care of its Divine Redeemer. See the power of faith, and how good it is to draw near to God. If we bring our cares and griefs to the throne of grace, and leave them there, we may go away like Hannah, and our countenances will be no more said, 1Sa 1:18|. God's mercy is the support of the psalmist's faith. Finding I have that to trust to, I am comforted, though I have no merit of my own. His faith in God's mercy filled his heart with joy in his salvation; for joy and peace come by believing. He has dealt bountifully with me. By faith he was as confident of salvation, as if it had been completed already. In this way believers pour out their prayers, renouncing all hopes but in the mercy of God through the Saviour's blood: and sometimes suddenly, at others gradually, they will find their burdens removed, and their comforts restored; they then allow that their fears and complaints were unnecessary, and acknowledge that the Lord hath dealt bountifully with them.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 13

  • Mild Bill
    Bountifully is greater than how long in the life of David.Our heart sorrows today will diminish in our heart rejoicing,in eternity.Salvation is victory over the claims of the enemy.Exaltation in this world is temporary,and having mercy of God instead,is better.Once God has shown his love to us,we can never forget him.Lest we faint, he has said,I will never leave thee nor forsake thee,as David knew
  • BSP
    Verse 2: The Psalmist was in ongoing distress and he wanted relief. We should pour out our frustrations in prayer and ask for help.
  • Steve Hines
    We wonder how long before salvation comes. But Jesus is salvation. Have he is Savior. He has cast out Satan our enemy by His death on the cross to atone for our wins. Trust Him to forgive you. No delay necessary...now is the day of salvation.
  • Marshal A
    "sleep the sleep of death" is referring to death, as the Bible gives definition to in 1Thessalonians 4.
  • Mild Bill
    "sleep of death" is a person continuing without God in thoughts, knowledge or understanding. Jesus said, "As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John17:2
  • Phethile Nkosi
    Thanks god every time is hear my voice. I lose hope
  • Sadie
    Verse 5 states "my heart SHALL rejoice in thy salvation". David chose to focus on the Father's goodness toward him and to trust Him in the midst of his circumstances.

    Verse 6 He choses to sing in thanksgiving for what the Father has already done for him. Our focus and praise must always remain, regardless of how things may appear.
  • Breeze
    We often grew weary in waiting. We have a lot of sorrow in our heart and we carry the burden. However, David chooses, in spite of his sorrow, to rejoice because the Lord will eventually answer. So should we.

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Bible Trivia

What is the psalmist wrestling with in Psalm 13?
  • Feeling forgotten by God
  • Tempted by sin
  • Hoping for an heir
  • Desperate to find love