Psalm 13 - Overcomer - How long will You forget me?
This is the 8th Psalm for the overcomer
. The overcomer is persistent in prayer when under attack by the enemy (v2
, Lk 18:1-8
). Luke 18:8
indicates that the saints who will do this are rare. When the Lord comes to find faith on the earth, those who actually practice this will be the ones raptured in the immediately preceding passage, Luke 17:34-37
This short psalm is one of my favorites.
First, in vv. 1-2
, he complains to the Lord with 4 how long?'s.
1. How long will You forget me?
2. How long will You hide Your face from me?
3. How long shall my heart be sorrowful?
4. How long shall my adversary be exalted over me?
By saying, "How long?", he knows that this time of trial will come to an end. A hymn that I expresses this well is Hymn #708
by Witness Lee (original tune
Second, in v.3
, is his actual request to God.
1. Look carefully.
2. Answer me.
3. Enlighten my eyes.
Actually, only #3 above is his actual request. The 1st two are warm-up. It is good to have such a warm up after complaining to God. We know God is careful for all that concerns us, but it may not seem so. It is good to come to the Lord as we are and tell Him, according to His word, to exercise His carefulness for us. When we speak it to the Lord, we realize it is true.
In time of trial, our need is enlightenment from the Lord. The trial we are going through positions us to receive enlightenment. This is similar to James 1:2-5
The great hymn, The Sands of Time are Sinking
, by Anne R. Cousin is an extract of the 365 letters by Rev. Samuel Rutherford, which Spurgeon said were "the nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of mere men". Stanza 8 of 19 says:
But flow'rs need nights cool darkness,
the moonlight and the dew;
So Christ, from one who loved it,
His shining oft withdrew:
And then, for cause of absence
my troubled soul I scanned
But glory shadeless shineth
in Immanuel’s land.
Third, in vv. 3-4
, he tells the Lord 3 lest's, 3 negative consequences if the Lord does not respond:
1. Lest I sleep the sleep of death
2. Lest my adversary boast over me.
3. Lest I move farther away from You, and my troublers rejoice because of it.
To sleep the sleep of death is to be so depressed that you don't want to do anything but sleep.
We should never rejoice at anyone's departing from the Lord.
4th, God answered David's prayer, enlightening the eyes of David's heart, in vv. 5-6
, with 3 results:
1. Trust in the Lord's mercy
2. Joy in the Lord's salvation
3. Singing in thankfulness for the Lord's bountiful dealing with him.
It does not say that the problem was solved.
Our sufferings are part of God's bountiful dealing with us, because they enlarge us and transform us into His image.
-copyright Steve Miller 2009
For the Overcomer
. A Psalm through David
, How long will You forget me?
O LORD, for'ere it see-eems to be.
How long You hide Your fa-ace from me
while I in darkness gro-ope for Thee?
How long shall I counsel my soul,
My heart daily havi-ing sorrow?
How long shall my adver-ersary
still be exalted o-over me?
Look carefully and
O Lord my God, enli-ighten me,
lest I should sleep the slee-eep of death,
while for my soul, I ge-et no rest.
Lest my adver-sary should
I have prevailed o'er him today;
Lest the ones that are troubling me
rejoice when I am mo-oved from Thee.
But I have trust in Thy mercy.
My heart rejoice in Thy-y vict'ry.
I sing unto the LO-ORD, for He
has dealt bounti-fully-y with me.
. Lit. Enlighten my eyes
Luke 18:1 And He told them a parable to the end that they ought always to pray and not lose heart, 2 Saying, There was a certain judge in a certain city who did not fear God and did not regard man. 3 And there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, Avenge me of my opponent. 4 And for a time he would not; but afterward he said within himself, Even though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 Yet because this widow causes me trouble, I will avenge her, lest by continually coming she wear me out. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God by all means carry out the avenging of His chosen ones, who cry to Him day and night, though He is long-suffering over them? 8
I tell you that He will carry out their avenging quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?
Luke 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is
will the eagles be gathered together.
Lu 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations;
3 Knowing that the proving of your faith works endurance.
4 And let endurance have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all liberally and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.
-copyright Steve Miller 2009