January 21: How Long, Lord?

Scripture Reading—Psalm 13:1, 2

“How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?” (Psalm 13:1, 2)

How long? How long? How long? When David cried out to Me from the depths of his broken heart and in the midst of his terrible troubles, it seemed to him as though his troubles would last forever.  But they didn’t. There is an end to everything in this life. It is in the next life that things continue for eternity. So do not despair. Your great trial, your great sadness cannot last forever. If you love Me and put your trust in Me, I will surely bring you out and you shall see My goodness again in your life.

David felt that I had forgotten Him. He wondered if Samuel’s anointing him to one day be king of Israel was real or if it was a mistake. No one recognized his anointing—least of all his brothers. Again and again he asked his heart many questions. Was it worth it all? What had he done to deserve all his troubles? Why was he hated so terribly? How long could he live with this terrible pain and sorrow in his heart? There wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t feel sorrow and pain, rejection and disappointment. He had loved Saul and admired him, the great King of Israel, and now this great man hated him and sought to kill him, even the man who had seemed to be his friend and father, for he was married to Saul’s daughter.

One day David was like a prince in the palace—loved, praised and honoured. The next day he was a fugitive—hated, cursed and under the death sentence.

How he suffered! His shame was so great! What would his family and friends think in Bethlehem? He couldn’t even return to them to explain to them. He knew Saul’s spies were everywhere, waiting to catch him, and he was all alone No wonder he cried, “How long? How long? How long?”

But it did not last forever. The day came when he saw his enemies removed. He was a free man. No more did his enemies seek for him to destroy him. Their hatred became only a dim memory in the past. Again he was loved, appreciated and honoured, even more greatly than before.

So it is with you, My beloved. I hear your cry also! Your trial may seem to last forever. But every dark tunnel has an end to it. And you will soon step out into the light of a new and happier day. Then today with all its sorrows and griefs will only be a memory.



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