Psalm 13

Prayer for justice; But I have trusted
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Explanation
This brief psalm moves from distress to prayer to praise. May it bless us when everything seems gloomy.
.1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
 2  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
  1 - Forget me We know He doesn't but the evil angels may make us feel this way ps04909, ps04423. Note that "How long" appears four times in these first two verses. Has God hidden His face? Maybe. Compare ps03007.
  2 - Take counsel  David prayed and the Lord led him. Here it may have been in flight from Saul. He carried his writing tools with him.
.3  Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
 4  Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
  Consider and hear The "and" is not in the Hebrew. Try reading the verse without it.
  Lighten He prays for brighter times escape from depression ps02701, lu1334.
  Sleep of death Life was very gloomy. But don't miss the principle that death is like sleep from which we are awakened at the resurrection. The idea of going to our reward at death came from Greek mythology. See the page of links for the topic. jb0313, jb1412, da1202.
  Enemy Probably Saul. Do you want people to rejoice at your funeral (except in the hope of the resurrection)?
 5  But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
 6  I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. 
  I have trusted We may be discouraged but like David, let's never let go!
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