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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 13

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: Praying For Relief From Despair (v 1-6)

Psalms 13 Commentary

(13:1) Impatience - David frequently lamented that God was slow to act on his behalf. We often feel this same impatience and doubt that God still cares. Evil and suffering seem to go unchecked, and we wonder when God will restrain them. But David affirmed that he would continue to trust God no matter how long he had to wait for God's justice to be realized. When you feel as though your prayers are not being answered, remember David's steadfast faith in God's unfailing love.

(13:2) Strength in Prayer - Sometimes all we need to do is talk over a problem with a friend to help put it in perspective. In this psalm, the phrase how long occurs four times in the first two verses, indicating the depth of David's distress. He felt forgotten and invisible. David expressed his anxiety and sorrow to God and found strength. By the end of his prayer, he was able to profess hope and trust in God. Through prayer we can express our feelings and talk our struggles out with God. He helps us regain the right perspective, and this gives us peace (Habakkuk 3:17-19).

(13:5-6) Holding on to Your Faith - David was faithful to God and trusted wholeheartedly in him, but he felt the pressure of his problems as much as anyone. Instead of giving up or giving in, however, David held on to his faith. In times of despair, it is much harder to hold on than to give up. But if you give up on God, you give in to a life of despair. Keep saying yes to God. Ask him to strengthen your grip on his promises

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Faith

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 13. In our text today, we see a theme of having faith in God even when we don't see Him at work in our lives as David starts the Psalm asking where the Lord is to end in the realization that the Lord is his song. In making application, we see that we won't always see the Lord working but can rest that He is in control and He is working even when we don't see Him. This truth is the basis of faith, a belief in a truth we don't see. In our Christian life, we will face this principle from salvation to go home to glory, and the Lord said that without faith, it is impossible to believe in Him, for He is the truth. How about you? Do you have faith in God even when you don't see him? Today, let us learn from our Psalm and text to remember that our faith is in Christ even when we don't see him. 


Psalm 13

Psalm 13

 1How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

 2How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

 3Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

 4Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

 5But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

 6I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.