Praying the Psalms – Psalm 13

Psalm 13

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

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?

3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest my enemy say,
"I have prevailed against him";

Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

5 But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.


Father, in moments of great sorrow I know the devil is at work.
He tempts me to doubt You and Your love for me.
He wants me to think that You have forgotten me.
But I know better, O Lord!

I know that You are just.
I know that Your timing is right.
And I know that You love me more than I can even fathom.
You have proven such in manifold ways.
When adversity comes may I never forget Your abundant blessings!
Strengthen me that I may not fall.

I genuinely believe in Your mercy, dear God.
I rejoice in Your salvation--both now and forevermore.
You are worthy,
And I lift my voice to praise You in song.