Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 13:1-6. Psalm 14 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician. David asks the question, “How long will you forget me, O LORD? Forever? How long will you hide your face from me?”
Have you ever felt like this? Have you felt like God has forgotten about you? Have you gone for a long time without hearing from God and felt like He hid His face from you?
We have to remember God hasn’t moved. Many times we have allowed something to get between us and God. We may not even realize it or know what it is. If you start feeling distant from God pray and ask God to enlighten you about the problem. He may reveal something to you that will help you get back in fellowship with Him.
David asks how long will his heart be sorrowful and his enemies have power over him. He asks God to hear his prayer and open his eyes in case the enemy overtakes him and kills him.
Even though David was in this situation he trusted in the mercy of God to care for him. Have you ever noticed during these low times in life often God deals with you and helps you to see the light?
David says his heart rejoices in the salvation of the LORD. He declares he will sing praise to God because God has dealt with him. Often in the low times of our life we realize how dependent we are on God. We realize how much we need Him in our lives.
David was in trouble and he called out to God to deliver him from the enemy. Many times we don’t have a physical enemy like David did, but we have a spiritual enemy who tries to discourage us and make us feel unworthy and unloved. If we keep our eyes on God, remembering how much He loves us, and keep singing praises to Him the cloud of life will rise and we’ll have victory over the enemy. Keep looking up my friends, God is on our side.
Daily Bible Reading:
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.
Things to think about:
- What are some of the times in your life when you felt God hid His face from you?
- What can we do when we have these kinds of feelings in our hearts?
- How do you show God you trust in His mercy?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Help us to turn to You for guidance when we feel the enemy closing in on us and feel we are about to be defeated like David was. Help us to put our trust in Your mercy and know that You will work things out in our lives. Help us to keep singing praises to Your name even in the dark times of life. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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