Marina has supplied the notes this week and we are reading Psalm 13 today.
This psalm brings to mind Christmases as a child, they never seemed come! It always seemed that I was being told to wait, just ten more sleeps, then nine more sleeps and each sleep felt at least a month long. When my own children were growing up we always dreaded the long car journeys, the cry of ‘Are we nearly there yet’ still resonates. I’ve always been an impatient person and I can empathise with the Psalmist. He is in the right place, he is praying to God and asking God for help. He knows he can trust God and he is aware of just how good God has already been to him. His prayer seems to be on his terms and in his time. He seems to repeat the question- ‘How long?’ over and over again and it’s almost as if he is saying ‘hurry up God’. I can understand his sentiments. Sometimes when we pray we offer God a wish list and not only do we tell him what we want but we expect an answer immediately or we say ‘God is silent, he hasn’t heard my prayer’.
However, it would be unfair to just label the Psalmist impatient. Things were difficult for the Psalmist, he’s not only feeling abandoned by God but he is also wrestling with his thoughts. This is an area that I know many find difficult and although we may never face a physical battle, many people face a battle in their mind, fighting against thoughts that tell them lies. I think this is a battle field that Satan will often use and as Christians we need to be aware of the struggle some face. Depression can seem never ending to some and their prayers for help will be repeated over and over again. But God is a God who hears and who answers and perhaps we need to stand together in prayer with our brothers and sisters who fight this battle daily.
The cry of this Psalm is almost child- like in its honesty. Isn’t that what God requires of us? That we come to him honestly and as Peter tells us ‘Cast all your cares upon him because he cares for you’. Isn’t this the sign of an honest and open relationship with God? God has big shoulders and if we are to think of Him as Father then I like to think he has a big lap! As his children sometimes we need to sit in the lap of our father and be honest about the way we feel and the struggles we face. Then, just like the psalmist we will make a conscious effort to trust in His unfailing love and remember just how good He is.
When Peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrow like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot,
Thou has taught me to say –
It is well, it is well with my soul.