As believers in Christ, we are not promised a life free from hardships or trials. What we are promised, however, is a trustworthy Savior and guide who is by our side through them.
Here in Psalm 13, David is going through feelings of despair due to his trying circumstances, whatever they may be. His focus through this struggling time is initially himself. David first chooses to turn to his own soul rather than turning his face towards His Savior. When David looks to find solace in his own strength, he doesn’t find answers. He only finds more turmoil and lack of peace, when he tries to “take counsel” in his own soul.
Questions addressed to God aren’t a bad thing but when David turns from questioning God from a place of self-focus to calling out to God for help, his attention and thoughts are redirected to God’s character. David is reminded that His trust is NOT in his circumstances but in the steadfast love of God.
David is also able to turn from a sorrowful place to a place of singing to God. What a remarkable change!! He realizes, through a place of prayer and humble posture before God, that his joy is in the Savior of his salvation. God has indeed been good to him. He is able to see the “bigger picture” despite the trying situation he is in at this given moment.
This is a great picture of joy in the believer’s life. Circumstances change from one day to the next, but joy in Christ never will. Happiness is dependent on our circumstances but joy isn’t. Why? Because our trust (batach- hope, refuge, confidence, boldness) is in His steadfast love (lovingkindness, mercy of God) and our hope is in Jesus Christ, our Savior and strength.
No matter what your situation, be encouraged today, friend 🙂 God is with you!