Praying The Psalms-How Long O Lord?


How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

-Psalm 13

Praying the Psalms

Praying the Psalms can be a little strange at first. Each month we’ll look at a psalm and use it to guide our thoughts in prayer. This month we’ll be looking at Psalm 13. This is a very emotional Psalm by David. 

Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever felt so alone that you thought even God had for-gotten about you? David did. He was faced with dangers and thought God had left him. 

However, as he wrote this psalm, we can see the shift from lamenting to confidence to praise. After expressing his feelings to God, he said “but I have trusted in your steadfast love...” David reminded himself that God had always taken care of him. God’s love is ever-lasting.  After expressing confidence in God, he then ends by praising God. 

We need to do this more in our prayers! This week when you pray Psalm 13, remember to express confidence in God and praise him after lamenting. 

Example Prayer:

Our heavenly Father, sometimes it’s easy to be discouraged. Sometimes I feel that I’m alone and you have left me. I look around and see all the evil in the world.  I struggle with so many things, and nothing good seems to happen. How long will evil prevail in my life? Please help me. I know you always have. I know you always love me. I will always praise you because you remain faithful to me. Thank you for everything. In Jesus’s name, amen.  

In Him,

Jonathan Germany, Associate minister at Holly Hill church of Christ

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