This is another King David’s Psalm and it is nothing more than a prayer for help in affliction. What is affliction? It is what we spend day by day for God to form our character as Christ’s, affliction is difficulty, trial, pain, anguish, etc, but it is good that at times like those we can recognize who our God is and how much we must trust in His fullness.
Let us read this Psalm 13:
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.
Here we see a David invaded by problems, a repressed David, a David who could no longer bear the heaviness he was going through, but a David confident in the goodwill of God. We ask ourselves in moments of affliction: Where is God? Beloved brothers, we must understand that God always allows these moments in our lives, but at the same time we must also understand that those moments will pass.
There are many people who would be happy if they see us lying on the floor and that’s exactly what David’s enemies wanted, to see him sunk in the mud and that’s why he says: “My enemies would be happy if I slipped.” Further on it says: “But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.”. David was trusting that God would give him victory over his enemies despite that bitter moment.
We end with this and at the same time we repeat it together with the psalmist: My heart will rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has done me good. This is what I call confidence, to thank God without even receiving the requests.