TUESDAY, JANUARY 16
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 13
There is loneliness and then there is a loneliness of the soul. The loneliness of the soul is a deep down kind of isolation that makes us feel alone in sometimes desperate always discouraging ways. One of the crazy things about this loneliness of the soul is that we can experience it even while we are surrounded by people.
As David opens this Psalm, I am more than convinced that he is struggling with this loneliness of the soul. In fact, the loneliness he is experiencing even includes the fact that God seemed far, far away.
In verse 2, we find that David is left alone to wrestle with his own thoughts. While there are times we should wrestle with our own thoughts, there are other times when those thoughts take us to even more difficult places.
When we get to verses 3-4, we find David continuing to cry out to God. Even in the midst of this season of the loneliness of his soul, David has not given up on God. He knows God is there even if it might feel like He is not. Remember our feelings can lie to us. We need to operate out of the truth that we know instead of what we feel.
David continues to plead for an answer from God for a couple of reasons. One, he needs to hear from God. Two, he doesn’t want his enemies to get the upper hand in this situation and gloat over David’s demise.
And then we come to the last two verses of this short Psalm. And it seems like everything has made a 180 degree turn. As Psalm 30:5 says, “Weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning”. The times of our loneliness are replaced with joy of our relationships.
David trusts in God’s steadfast love or loyal love. The NIV calls this an unfailing love. As we have seen in other Psalms, this loyal love is actually is actually a covenant love. It is the love God has for us that causes Him to initiate a covenant with us. In the Old Testament that covenant revolved around the Law. In the New Testament that covenant revolves around Jesus. Just remember this covenant love is a never ending love.
As David thinks about how God chose to have this personal relationship with him, his loneliness is replaced with joy. The thoughts he was struggling with turned to praise.
David ends this Psalm with the great truth that God had been good to him. That is a great truth to carry around all day. God has been good. And because God has been good, we have great hope that He will be good.