“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? . . . How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm 13:1,2).
Four questions from King David that we ask God when problems line up and cause disaster, heartbreak, and stress: “Why?” “When will it stop?” “Have you forgotten me, Lord?” “Will they get the best of me, God?”
David’s questions are followed by a plea: “Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall” (verses 3,4).
Then in verses 5 and 6, David considers something new. His questions and pleading turn to praise: “I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”
What changed? Perhaps David spent some time with the Lord, listening. Perhaps in fear, grief, or even anger he spoke his heart to the Lord and then, as in all good conversation, he waited to hear from the Lord. God answered with a recollection of unfailing love and protection. David’s spirit was renewed.
Take the tough questions to the Lord and plead with him. Ask for help from the Spirit to wait in quiet with a searching and open heart. God’s unfailing love will uphold you and answer your questions.