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~ Psalm 13 ~ Spiritual Journey From the Beginning to the End of the Psalm ~

Updated on March 13, 2020
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Pastoral Counselor ordained Elder/Minister Ambassador at Alpha 7 Ministries M.A.Christian Clinical Counseling Certified in Creation Therapy

How long O Lord?

~ Spiritual Journey from The Beginning To The End Of The Psalm ~ Psalm 13 ~

This is a splendid, impressive, awe-inspiring Psalm. It starts with a complaint. Then this progressively takes you on an expedition of distress. And at its conclusion you find hope & relief. What a marvelous spiritual journey this is! As David did quite often, know we too can earnestly cry out to the Lord at anytime. Here we can find comfort knowing that in even our darkest moments we can find respite and solace in the Lord! Whatever you may be going through you can rest assured that God is totally aware of whatsoever is happening. You are not alone! Although David complains at first he eventually launches into a powerful heartfelt prayer.

What is so beautiful about the Lord; you can just be who we are. Transparency is a part of your intimate relationship with the Lord. If you are not in a good place ask Him to help you. We can’t fool God. He sees us from the inside out! We are ALL totally transparent to Him! Therefore it really is best for us to sincerely confess how we are feeling and what’s going down or happening in our life and then ask the Him to help us be where we need to be.

One of the fabulous wonders of life is; the ability to be able to grow spiritually is lifelong! Discovering who you are in the Lord can bring “Joy” for the marvelous journey of life. Joy is part of the Fruit of His Spirit! God is beyond able in any and every situation!

David goes through some tumultuous moments, days & years! No doubt there is a plethora of responsibilities and numerous challenges with him being the King. He is a father and “a man after God’s own heart!” I Samuel 13. He was the greatest king ever to rule over Israel. He was a man of great character and had steadfast trust and faith in the Lord. Yet it is clear with all that wisdom, and power he still needed the Lord! There were times of great distress and notable times he succumbed to his weaknesses… Yet he repented genuinely and pressed forward. We can learn much from him. His heartfelt confessions and accolades of praise inversely permeate throughout the duration of these Psalms.

Here he presents a question to the Lord! “How long?” We never know how long or short our test or trial will be but we can during the process.Trust in the LORD with ALL our heart and lean not to your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and HE WILL make your path straight...” Proverbs 3. God will direct our path through whatever circumstance that presents itself. We however must position ourselves to hear Him and see clearly the narrow path. We can always trust His Word!

There are many amazing and glorious stories of David’s plethora of experiences and turbulent times. However his good days outweigh them all! He was an exceptional wise king.Here in the Word of God we have a brilliant reliable record that the Lord brought him through each time. Therefore we can REJOICE knowing that this is the same God that we love and serve. Holy and Mighty is the LORD our GOD. God truly is able! ForHe is the “GREAT I AM!”

Book of Praise Lesson Highlights


“A Psalm of David.” The Prayer For God’s Answer – NOW!

Theme: Praying for relief from despair. We must continue to TRUST GOD even when He doesn’t answer us immediately.

Author: David

The 6th of seven “penitential” Psalms

Here David’s soul is in calamitous anguish. He vociferously sincerely cries out in the midst of his troubles. His heart is heavy laden and his mind is bothered. He heavily contemplates upon what will be the duration of his current dilemma that seems to be without end.

David desperately wants to hear from the Lord. He apparently is beginning to feel apprehensively anxious and impatient. So much so he asks the Lord if He has forgotten him? Here we get a glimpse into the close intimate relationship David has with the Lord, He candidly expresses the depth of his inner feelings. He is being beleaguered by his emotions. He wants some answers and is beginning to display much impatience… “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?”

David is so beside himself that his mind is heavy with thoughts. His confidence is diminishing and he feels that his persecutors appear to be winning triumphantly over him? Everyday his heart is burdened more and he is now simply anxious and weighed down with worry. Many lessons here for us to learn!

The Word of God is so vitally important! In the New Testament in Philippians, the Apostle Paul tells us; “DO NOT be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petitions, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the PEACE of God which transcends understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4. When we are going through we must make a sincere effort to focus on the Lord and allow Him to lessen the load in His time. This of course can at times be easier said than done… Through Jesus Christ He has given us the gift of His Holy Spirit to be our Teacher & Comforter! When we remain focused on Him He can and will guard our hearts and minds! “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and everyday have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?”

David feels so bad that he is pleading with the Lord to relieve him! The pain is so ghastly he fears death! The pressures of life are making Him feel so hopeless he is overcome with worry! He feels as though his enemies will overtake him and over power him and that they will soon celebrate his downfall. “Look on me and answer, O LORD my GOD. Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say; “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.”

As soon as David expresses his doubts and fears his load is lifted to the point he is now rejoicing! His trust and confidence in the Lord now emerges to take the forefront! How appropriate because the Lord time after time has brought him through. David now feels the Lord will save him! Here we too can rejoice in this life lesson because; “The Lord is Faithful!” He will deliver us and keep us as well. Here we can learn the value of patience. We in turn must keep our focus on God and not the situation! We too must learn to trust Him. Like David we can be confident in the Lord!

Behind ever dark cloud there is light! This is why we must go to the Lord and invite Him into the “messiness” that life sometimes hurls upon us. It does not matter what it looks like to others.God will and can make our path straight! Yet we must position ourselves to humbly submit into His hands in order to hear Him! Although David commences this Psalm complaining and feeling forsaken he does not camp there very long. He does not allow himself to be pulled into the pit of endless depression!

Life can certainly be overwhelming at times. It can appear as though you are all alone and everyone and just about everything is coming against you. But when you truly have the Lord it is important to know that you are never alone! “This too shall pass!” Now we today have His abiding Holy Spirit! David shows us in this Psalm that there can be an immediate turn around in your situation. Or if not’ while going through you can acquire more patience! This is why we need a Christ Jesus as our Savior! To save us from the power of sin reigning in our lives and keep us connected to the Lord!

Sin separates us from the Lord and doubt wants to make you worry and weaken your connectedness. When this happens it is the perfect time to seek the Lord’s presence. Invite Him to come even closer and see how He will reveal Himself to you. God is omnipresent! He can make a way out of no way! At the same time He can cultivate His Fruit within you. This is why while going through we must learn to focus on the many bountiful blessings and promises in His Word. We don’t have to stay in the “How Longs?”The Love of God is powerful! “But I TRUST in your unfailing LOVE; my heart REJOICES in Your SALVATION.”

Thank God for Christ Jesus and His precious Holy Spirit; His comforter! The Lord truly is GOOD! HE IS AWESOME!

This Psalm concludes by saying: “I will sing to the LORD, for He has been GOOD TO ME!”



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    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Elder Enmon Whatley,

      Praise God! Truly our Father God is Faithful & Merciful! Yes indeed, we can learn so much from David as he candidly shares his emotions openly and transparently. As you well stated "Nathan the Prophet came and pulled the cover off of him" AMEN!

      May our Heavenly Father continue to Bless & annoint You as you go forth proclaiming this Marvelous Gospel of Jesus Christ! Be Encouraged as you have encouraged me! Thank You for taking the time to stop by and share your spiritual wisdom. May HIS WILL & HIS WAY be done within out lives in Jesus Name! You are always welcome here! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! PRAISE GOD!!!

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      Enmon Whatley 

      7 years ago

      Praise The Lord Sister DeBorrah

      On this message you hit the nail on the head. The acts of David when under pressure of the enemy proves how much he loved the Lord. Although he made a mess of things he never forgot what landed him as King in the first place. No matter how high he climb in the grace of God he had to humble himself and confess his arrogance and pride that saved him from hisself righteousness. Once Nathan the Prophet came and pulled the cover off of him, that knocked him face down in the dirt. Sin brought him under God's judgment and Repentenance delivered him. We all can learn a lesson from David A man after God's own heart. Through his blood line The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world was revealed as the King of king and Lord of lords. Keep on letting The Lord use You as a blessing to God's people...God Bless You and this inspiring ministry.

      Elder Enmon Whatley

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Jesusmyjoy! GREAT! Thank you! & Be Encouraged!

      Thank You for stopping by to share & care! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Betty Bolden 

      9 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      just amazing sis

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      James A Watkins, You are so welcome! I am humbled and honored by your kind generous accolade. I hold your extraordinary God given talent to compose wonderful enlightening literary compositions with the pen in high regards….

      I so appreciate your dedication, candor & sincerity!

      I thank the Lord for His Holy Spirit our inner Teacher, Comforter and ever present Guide and marvelous Word! May He continue to open up our knowledge and understanding and grow us in His Grace! Thank You as always for your most encouraging words… May the Lord's Blessings ABOUND in your life! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! Professor, Again THANK YOU! “To GOD Be THE GLORY!”

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for yet again another brilliant analysis of one of the Psalms. You are the best Bible teacher I know. And I mean that.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Lady E, So glad that you have been inspired! David is a great example that almost everyone can relate to in one way or another! During His lifetime he experienced many highs and lows! What is tantamount is how he loved the Lord despite it all...

      It is important to know that we can always turn to the Lord and find Peace & Comfort knowing that GOD truly is FAITHFUL and will NEVER leave nor forsake us!

      Thank you as always for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      9 years ago from London, UK

      Very touching and inspiring. I love reading about David in the Psalms and even though sometimes he felt a bit down, he always encouraged himself in the Lord.

      Thanks and God Bless you.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Allen, Your spiritual insight is "On Point" You are so right "We must see beyond those moments they call victory because they are fleeting..."

      Through Jesus Christ we are more than conquerors..." PRAISE GOD!

      In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Allen Werner 

      9 years ago from West Allis

      Oh Lord, How long, indeed! Trust (Faith) in His mercy has to carry us through our challenges in life. The enemy is out there and so are his soldiers and workers. It seems they almost always have the upperhand. We have to see beyond those moments they call victory because they are fleeting, temporal and not eternal. Our day will come. Our salvation is near! Peace

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Stars, Thank You as always! So glad that you have been encouraged! We all can learn so much from David! He truly loved the LORD! The Word of God is "ALIVE!" and so very POWERFUL! "The TRUTH sets us FREE!" PRAISE GOD for JESUS & HIS HOLY SPIRIT! We can put our TRUST COMPLETELY IN THE LORD!

      Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      His daughter, You are so welcome! There is so much wisdom here in these Psalms! David shares with us transparently his fears, anxiety and distesses while going through... He also shares his Love & Trust in the Lord as well! We too can find encouragement to get us through every possible situation when we KEEP our focus on the Lord!

      Thank you for stopping by to share your precious insight! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      9 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Such a wonderful hub that reveals how David reached out to our Lord in his times of worry which is what we should do when life , or troubles overwhelm us. God Bless you precious heart. Snd God Bless your sweet, and loving family, and friends dear to your heart.

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      His daughter 

      9 years ago

      Thanks once again, DeBorrah. As I read through this hub, it made me realize that one reason we love the Psalms is because David is so much like us in many situaitons. We start out complaining, but the pattern we need to follow...David shows. Look to God Who is far greater and the proper perspective then comes into being. Complaining turns to praise. God definitely doesn't like complaining and keeping our eyes on the One greater is His delight. God bless.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Susie, Thank YOU! It really is amazing! As we Praise the Lord we can entrust whatever is going on about us to Him! This brings you closer to Him which makes your load lighter... Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share! Please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      RevLady, Your insightful commentary is always welcomed! No doubt we share a Love and a passion for the Lord and His Word! The Psalms are truly amazing! This continues to be a marvelous journey through the Psalm! There is so much here to glean and learn that is so beneficial for our day to day lives! Thank you for your steadfastness and dedication! May our heavenly Father shower His Blessings upon you! May His favor & Peace continue to rest upon you!

      Having the Lord in our lives makes ALL the difference in the world!

      Thank you as always for stopping by to share! You always inspire me! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!

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      9 years ago

      Amazing how praising the Lord lightens your burdens! Great hub! Thank you.

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      9 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Everyone at one time or another has felt the way David felt; those times in life when everything seems to go wrong and life itself seems to pale. It is a very human cry and it comes in moments of intense pain and weakness.

      But, glory to God...

      "when you have the Lord it is important to know that you are never alone! “This too shall pass!” David shows us in this Psalm that there can be an immediate turn around in your situation. Or if not’ while going through you can acquire more patience! This is why we need a Savior! To save us from the power of sin reigning in our lives and keep us connected to the Lord!" AMEN! WE ARE NEVER ALONE!!

      This is another outstanding presentation, DeBorrah, which artfully relates the pain and sorrow of David, and his ultimate submission to God, to our daily lives. You have a fantastic gift for extracting buried nuggets of truth that many of us might otherwise miss in our Biblical readings.

      Peace, joy and love in Him,

      Forever His


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