April 2

How long O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? Psalm 13:1


And even the hairs of your head are all counted. Matthew 10:30

How long? How long? How long? How long! You can hear the frustration and the strain of life in the voice of the one who is asking God, “How long O Lord?”

The words of Psalm 13 come from the heart and life of David. Who is there among us who has not faced the trying times of life?

David had been the hero to which many sang his praises after defeating Goliath. But that was yesterday and David was now fleeing from the jealous attacks of King Saul. He was now on the run from what seemed to him to be the relentless pursuit on his life. The victory that has tasted so sweet was gone as he slipped into a discouraged and defeatist attitude.

Most of us have walked where David walked. Perhaps sickness and death have launched us into despair. Or financial, marital, and family struggles have left us high and dry with no where to turn. Maybe work, the boss, school life have demanded more of our time and energy than we have to give. Whatever it may be, to walk in the valley of despair leaves us discouraged and defeated like David.

If we are not careful our moments, days, months or years of discouragement can move us away from God. David was under the gun as he asks “How long?”

But read further…….

Something happened in David’s life that turned him from crying out unrestrained thoughts of uncertainty to praying “consider me and open my eyes.” Some have suggested that David reread what he had already penned in verse one and two and realized they were filled with self-pity. Feeling sorry for yourself gets you no where!

David for whatever reason began to move back toward God. From the ditches of despair David looks up to recognize that his Lord and God is eternal and supremely all powerful, and always, always there for us.

Lord, even the hairs on my head cannot keep me hidden from you. You can count each one with ease because I am so exposed to you. Thank you for caring for me in all stages of my life and for revealing your truth. Help my prayer life to become more than routine. Help me to hear your voice. Amen.


Susan Hanson