objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Psalm 13: Despair, Prayer, Reassurance
the director of music. A psalm of David.
Comments: Another song from David. Remarkably short
and concise yet it holds real revelation. His starting place is
one verging on despair [v.1]. He has an enemy who may even threaten
his very life [v.2]. The Lord doesn't seem to be there for him.
So he prays [v.3] and points out that surely the Lord [implied]
won't want the unrighteous to prevail over him [v.4]. But then,
even as he is praying, he senses the truth - the Lord loves him
[v.5a] and has always been good to him [v.6] and so will save
him [v.5b] so he can rejoice.]
feels that the Lord is not watching over him
long, Lord ? Will you forget me forever?
How long will
you hide your face from me?
He feels he is subject to the power of an enemy
long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after
day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will
my enemy triumph over me?
calls to the Lord to save him lest he fall
on me and answer, Lord my God.
to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
If that happens, his [unrighteous] enemy will triumph
my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes
will rejoice when I fall.
Yet, deep down he knows the Lord's love that will act to save
I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices
in your salvation.
This means he is free to praise the Lord for His goodness he has
will sing the Lord 's praise,
for he has
been good to me.
Thoughts : There is in this simple and short psalm a
great truth: we may be down because of the hard things of life,
but AS we pray, a right perspective is regained – no doubt aided
by the Holy Spirit – whereby we realise God's love is real and
practical and is there for us [see also Rom 8:28]. But note it
comes AS we pray. You need to be praying for this to happen!]
to Psa 14