Note: It’s interesting that I skipped Psalm 12! I remember starting it! Sure, I’m a bit scattered and heaven knows we are under some stress around here, but I don’t believe in coincidences. This psalm spoke to me about the great sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for you and me… TODAY, on Good Friday. Because I only seem to finish one psalm a week, Psalm 13 would have been next week instead.
We will leave my knuckle-headedness there and celebrate divine authorship in the appointed time…
Psalm 13: inscribed on His hands
Psalm 13 For the director of music. A psalm of David. (1)How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (2)How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? (3)Look at me and answer, LORD, my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, (4)and my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall. (5)But I trust in our unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (6)I will sing the LORD's praise, for he has been good to me.
This short sweet little poem starts with despair and ends with joy! Isn’t that our how prayers go?!?!
Whenever you look into David’s Psalms, you may somewhere or another see yourselves. You never get into a corner but you find David in that corner. I think that I was never so low that I could not find that David was lower; and I never climbed so high that I could not find that David was up above me, ready to sing his song upon his stringed instrument, even as I could sing mine.Charles Spurgeon, English preacher, 1834-1892
Some Bible translations translate the dedication “to the director of music” and some say “to the Chief Musician.” Some believe that David wrote these and sent them off to the worship leader of his time. Others believe that these poems are written to God Himself, that God is the Chief Musician that David sings to.
If you think about it that way, then Psalm 13 is David’s cry of anguish and fear of being abandoned. God quickly calms his heart and leaves joy in the place of fear. Does He do that for you?
How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?
Do you feel this way now?
I don’t know about you, but at this point in my life I know the Lord walks beside me. I know He will deliver me. My cries to the Lord are often like David’s. Not “Will you deliver me, Lord?” But instead, “When?” “How long, Lord?”
I feel this way now. As our world suffers, as we face a trial of humanity–of this generation–we are all crying out. “How long, Lord?” “When will you deliver us?”
And during this Holy Week, we ask the same, “Lord, how long?”
You guys, Jesus knows this. He know this FOR REAL. As Jesus hung on that cross, He was alone. His Father, our Father, turned His face away. He had to.
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46
The Father could not look upon the Son as He took my sin, your sin, our sin onto that cross. He turned away from the suffering of His Son. But…the Good News…because of what Jesus bore for you and for me, the Father never turns His face away from us. David had to recognize his sin and make the sin atonement. Jesus was the atonement for our sins.
But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me." Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:14-16
This is a clear prophetic statement of what Jesus would do on the cross during the time of Isaiah six hundred years before Jesus’s birth!
In the Gospel of John, Thomas very clearly says “I will not believe he is alive unless I can feel the marks of the nails in his hands.”
Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:26-29
My friends, He is alive. Do you believe this? He will never forget you or me. He will not turn his back on us. He can’t. We are written on His hands.
I trust in your unfailing love. I rejoice in my salvation.
And suddenly, my perspective changes…despite what is going on around me, despite everything…
I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:10 KJV
Father in heaven, Thank you for sending your Son to earth. Thank you for His life and great sacrifice. Thank you for raising Him on the third day. Thank you for that blessed Easter day. Father, heal our land, protect our loved ones, and revive your church. Thank you for never leaving us. Thank you that you never forsake us. Amen.