“But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.” (Psalm 13:5, NKJV)
Psalm 13 has been called “the how long psalm” because four times David says, “How long?” The truth is that life often does not follow our plans. Adversity, weather, sickness, and a myriad of other factors spoil our expectations and take us where we do not want to go. Then we cry out with David, “How long?”
David feared that his affliction would be the occasion for his enemy to boast over him and rejoice in his downfall. As David struggled with the anguish in his own soul, he could not bear the thought of his enemy gloating over him. David’s one hope was in the LORD’s mercy, which he knew to be great. He prayed that God would enlighten him, lest he die! There was not a single time when the LORD had abandoned him to the desire of his enemies. But each time the LORD rescued him from harm. Therefore, by faith David chose to rejoice in God’s salvation, even though he didn’t see it yet.
When we are afflicted or our plans are shattered, what do we do? When others speak evil of us or succeed in their dirty tricks, to whom or to what do we turn? Remember David’s example and believe in God’s mercy. Pray for enlightenment, wisdom and courage to do the right thing. Do your best and trust God with the rest. In time, God will yet deliver you, and you will rejoice in His salvation!