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The psalmist complains that God had long withdrawn.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

  • Vanessa
    God knows our troubles and our needs, trust in him by faith with prayer, ask it to be his will. Through the blood of Yeshua we have salvation that should bring us peace in our soul, no enemy can defeat that if we wear the full armor of God. Amen God Bless
  • Linda Villani
    Psalm 13 Addresses anxious believers who have been beat up by the enemy of their soul, just as the lamenting David does. His misery is repeated over and over and continually petitions God for deliverance. David trusts in God’s loyal loving kindness, His salvation and bountiful love and care but his anger and pain overrides the promises of deliverance that he knows will happen. (Arrogant anger.)
  • Scottt manuel
    Good psalm
  • Rory Crutchfield
    I know tribulations will come... Sometimes when we don't heat from GOD in the Time frame we desire, we can get impatient and sometimes rebellious. We must learn to understand that in our waiting there is cleansing. There is always deaper circumstances in our trials than those that are seen by the naked eye.. Amen
  • Rev. Belva Wallace
    The verse this morning was just what I needed I love the psalms it always touches my heart when I read them.
  • Lilian
    I have trusted in thy mercy my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. Thank you Jesus for the blood you shed for us amen hallelujah
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace
    Death is not a finality,but a separation.Every soul will be resurrected.Some to life,some to eternal condemnation.When resurrected,all will never have an absence of God in their thoughts.For some this is pleasing and causes singing,for others it will be an eternal burning torment.Thanks be to God alone,for his mercy and grace to forgive and save sinners,through the death of Jesus his son.Trust God
  • Terrence Charles
    This psalm is great for situations you have no control over, so keep faith and never stop trustingđŸ™Œ
  • 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.


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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