January 18, 2017

GOING FROM GRIEF TO GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS DONE

Psalm 13

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How Long, O Lord?

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

  How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
  How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
  How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
  Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
  lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
  But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
  I will sing to the LORD,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

GOING FROM GRIEF TO GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS DONE



Key Verse |

But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
(Psalm 13:5)

Central Truth

Even in the midst of suffering, we can look back and remember all that the Lord has done for us. That gives us confidence that He has not abandoned us. God loves us, and that fact leads us to rejoice even when we are hurting.

Devotional | Psalm 13

One of the most encouraging aspects of the Bible is that it doesn’t present life as picture perfect or free from suffering. We all know life is full of suffering. I hope you see in Psalm 13that, while David does not...

One of the most encouraging aspects of the Bible is that it doesn’t present life as picture perfect or free from suffering. We all know life is full of suffering. I hope you see in Psalm 13 that, while David does not push aside his pain, he also does not let his pain rule him. He takes his suffering and throws it at the feet of the Lord, reminding himself of who God is and what He has done. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s dive in!

Psalm 13 can be divided into three sections: David’s cry (verses 1-2), call (verses 3-4), and confidence in what the Lord has done (verses 5-6). David’s cry is an example for us, in that God is not sitting on a throne with a desire to be undisturbed. Rather, God wants to hear from His children who are in pain. God already knows your situation, so bring your suffering to Him and let Him go to work.

David calls upon the Lord in verses 3-4. He asks the Lord to intervene in the midst of his suffering and fix the situation. By placing our faith in Christ, we have access to God because we are His children (John 1:12). Yet, we often try to fix our problems. We often forget we have a Father who wants us to ask Him for help. He may not fix the problem the way we want, but He loves us and wants us to come to Him in the midst of suffering.

Now we have reached the turning point of the psalm. David reminds himself of what God has done and has confidence in the Lord because he remembers God’s steadfast love and loyalty (verses 5-6). Our God not only hears our suffering, but He sent Christ to endure the ultimate suffering to reconcile us to Himself (1 Peter 3:18). Remind yourself of what God has done; read the Bible and remember God's work in your life. You will then have peace that goes beyond your current circumstances (Philippians 4:6-7).

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Bio | Jayson Fisher

Hey, Journeyers! My name is Jayson Fisher. I am the Equipping Resident at the Watermark Plano campus. I have been married to my beautiful wife Kylan for two-and-a-half years. We each lead a small group in Watermark's high school ministry in Plano. Fun fact about us: we met overseas in Israel while doing sports camps for kids. The Lord changed my life one day in the midst of a deep depression in 2010, and I pray that this devotional can encourage others who are in a similar place of deep sorrow.

Discussion Questions

1. As you look back on your life, what times or events remind you of God’s steadfast love for you? How can you continually remind yourself of God’s faithfulness in your life?

2. Do you understand that by placing your faith in Christ you now have complete access to the God of the universe? What stops you from coming to Him with all your pain? What keeps you from expecting that He will care for you?

3. Who do you know that could be encouraged by being reminded of God’s steadfast love for them? How can you encourage them today?

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