Ever feel like LIFE is an ENDLESS STRUGGLE? God’s Word addresses that feeling and the DIVINE SOLUTION. Psalm 13 is David’s confession about who was flying his plane through the turbulent and stormy skies of his life—even when he felt abandoned he found that God was still there flying him through life. As we study Psalm 13, think about feelings of abandonment. As a pastor, biblical counselor, and a follower of Christ for over forty years—I am convinced that feelings of abandonment are very common even among believers. Listen to David’s opening words in Psalm 13:1-2
1 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
What are some common causes of feelings of being abandoned by others and even God? Here are just a few doorways that can lead us to stand in David’s shoes over and over again through life.
• Cave times may start sometimes through a protracted illness that just seems to never end, and strength never comes, and future plans fade and so does hope.
• Another doorway to a cave is a sudden loss of income and job, then financial needs that become tangled, growing and seemingly hopeless.
• Other doorways to cave times can be through our marriages and families. Wayward children cause immeasurable pain to believing parents, as does an alcoholic spouse, or unsaved family members.
• Our work may open us to the dark times through a demanding and unreasonable boss, or a grueling and unending schedule, or a jealous, spiteful, and injurious co-worker.
Usually, these times make us feel that no one really cares about us, then a feeling of being abandoned by others then starts the spiral downward into thinking that God has also abandoned us.
As we examine Psalm 13 closely, David takes us through his depths. David feels abandoned—so abandoned that he cries out as if he is not going to make it.
My life feels like an endless struggle.
Davis is abandoned and dejected. Everyone has left him, he is hunted by his own family, his own people, his own fellow people of God, and is threatened by his enemies and now steps into a bleak desert region. David feels with every fiber of his humanity dejected and abandoned.
One commentator writes, “Well must David have understood what this was, when, hunted by Saul, he knew not where to betake himself, at one time seeking refuge among the Moabites, at another in the wilderness of Ziph; now an outlaw hiding himself in the cave of Adullam, and anon a captain in the service of the King of the Philistines; and amid all his projects haunted by the mournful conviction, ‘I shall now one day perish by the hand of Saul.’”
By repeating himself four times he shows how deep this feeling runs.
• What David says is, “I just can’t go on.”