Psalm 13 and Feeling Abandoned By God

TheDepression_2014_Types_10-22-14_5PM-img_1280x720 Psalms capture all of our emotions. It is a hymn book for Israel and the Church, yes, but it is also a biblical reminder that we are not the only people to ever feel the way we do. Take Psalm 13 for example:

How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I be left to my own wits,
    agony filling my heart? Daily?
How long will my enemy keep defeating me?

Look at me!
    Answer me, Lord my God!
Restore sight to my eyes!
    Otherwise, I’ll sleep the sleep of death,
        and my enemy will say, “I won!”
        My foes will rejoice over my downfall.

But I have trusted in your faithful love.
    My heart will rejoice in your salvation.
Yes, I will sing to the Lord
    because he has been good to me.

This is obviously someone who feels completely depressed, abandoned, and cut off by God. Yet as this person pours out his soul to the Lord in an anguished prayer, he remembers that the Lord has been faithful in the past. This thought gives comfort to the present because he knows God will act in the future.

In the midst of despair, sometimes simply having hope for the future is the best we can get. It reminds us that this depression will not last forever because God will act. Remember, no matter how dark it is now, God is light and the darkness cannot overshadow him. You may feel abandoned by God, but God has acted in the past and he is faithful to act for you as well. Trust his faithful love.

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