Scripture: Psalms 13
Have you ever been in a situation where you were praying desperately for things to get better and they kept getting worse?
David did the logical thing: He questioned the LORD. Four times in this brief prayer he asked the question HOW LONG?
How long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? [NIV] How long must I wrestle with my thoughts?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
THREE THINGS I WANT TO COMMUNICATE TO YOU
I. EVERYONE HAS THIS ANGUISH OF SOUL THAT DAVID FELT
David felt forgotten, ignored, struggle to maintain positive thoughts, feeling that the enemy had the upper hand. Even Jesus felt such anguish of soul while He was on the cross for He cried out “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me.”
So, if you are battling this DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL, do not despair. It happens to all God’s servants.
I Peter 4:12-13
II. DO NOT GIVE IN TO YOUR EMOTIONS [FEELING]
Jeremiah said, “The heart is desperately sick, who can trust it.” Do not trust your emotions. Put your faith in God’s word. You are not going to get victory over any of your enemies a part from God’s word.
Jesus taught us by His own example to battle the enemy, temptation, doubt and fear with the word of God. The devil will have a fields day if you go against him in your flesh or emotions.
If you want the sparkle in your eye, if you want a song in the night…you get in God’s word and stop relying on your emotions to carry you.
III. REMEMBER: JESUS ALWAYS HAS THE LAST WORD
Remember the scene at Lazarus tomb…Jesus had instructed them to roll the stone aside and Martha interrupted…“Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” Jesus…“Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”
It is not over until Jesus says its over. I believe what Jesus says is ‘so’ even before it is ‘so’, simply because He said ‘so’.
Remember Jacob in Genesis 42:36, when Simeon didn’t come home, he said “Everything is against me.”