Psalms 13 is a great example of the spectrum we are on in our relationship to God. In 6 short verses, David goes from asking profound questions to offering profound praise of God.

Psalms 13:
I’m hurting, Lord—will you forget me forever?
    How much longer, Lord?
    Will you look the other way when I’m in need?
How much longer must I cling to this constant grief?
    I’ve endured this shaking of my soul.
    So how much longer will my enemy have the upper hand?
    It’s been long enough!

The first thing we notice is the question of time. How much longer? It’s been long enough. Four times in two verses the question of endurance is raised. David is either dealing with sickness, human enemies or both in this Psalm. David feels vulnerable and unprotected and doesn’t know how much more he can endure.

‘Lord, I have hurt like David. There were times when I felt threatened by those who wanted to destroy the credibility and work of my hands. There have been occasional days when I felt unsupported and wondered if I had pursued my dream instead of yours.

I still grieve for family and friends whose suffering seems endless. I grieve for those who have left your fold and show no signs of returning to trusting in you. Lord, you say your Kingdom will come and that Christ will return. How long until that happens? The world continues to get better and worse and there is no lasting peace on earth.

‘Lord, I hope that you have not abandoned us. Sometimes it feels very alone and dark. Thank you for this Psalm which gives voice to our darkest days.’

Talk to God and ask him the questions that you have been avoiding. Where does it hurt and you feel alone and unanswered? Give voice to that and know that God may use the opportunity to ask you some probing questions as well.