January 19

READ Psalm 13. 1 How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face
from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to
my eyes, or I will sleep in death, 4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will
rejoice when I fall. 5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6 I will
sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.
HONESTY. David is in agony and can’t feel the presence of God. He cries out that
God has ignored his pain and his sorrow. It is almost a howl, and the fact that it
is included in the Bible tells us that God wants to hear our genuine feelings, even
if they are anger at him. David never stops praying, however, and that is the key.
As long as we howl toward God and remember his salvation by grace (verse 5),
we will end at a place of peace. If Christians do that by hearing Jesus praying
verses 1–4 on the cross, losing the Father’s face as he paid for our sins, we will
be able to pray verses 5–6 indeed.
Prayer: “‘Tempest-tossed soul, be still; my promised grace receive’; ’Tis Jesus
speaks—I must, I will, I can, I do believe.”11 Lord, this reminds me that
believing the promise of your presence in my suffering takes time, and grows
slowly, through stages in prayer. So I will pray until my heart rejoices in you.

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