The How Long Psalm, From Mourning To Rejoicing PS 13

 The How Long Psalm, From Mourning To Rejoicing PS 13

Psa 13:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

Psa 13:2  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Psa 13:3  Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Psa 13:4  Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

Psa 13:5  But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

Psa 13:6  I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.


 Intended to express the feelings of the people of God in those ever-returning trials which beset them. If the reader has never yet found occasion to use the language of this brief ode, he will do so ere long, if he be a man after the Lord's own heart. We have been wont to call this the “How Long Psalm.”

Psa_13:1 - The apparent length of sorrow, only apparent. Contrast with days of joy, with eternal misery and eternal joy. Impatience, and other evil passions, cause the seeming length. Means of shortening, by refusing to forestall, or to repine afterwards.

Psa_13:1 (second clause) - Hiding of the divine face. Why at all? Why from me? Why so long?

Psa_13:2 - Advice to the dejected, or the soul directed to look out of itself for consolation - A. Fuller.

Psa_13:2 (first clause) - Self-torture, its cause, curse, crime, and cure.

Psa_13:2 - “Having sorrow in my heart daily.”

I.          The cause of daily sorrow. Great enemy, unbelief, sin, trial, loss of Jesus' presence, sympathy with others, mourning for human ruin.

II.        The necessity of daily sorrow. Purge corruptions, excite graces, raise desires heavenward.

III.       The cure of daily sorrow. Good food from God's table, old wine of promises, walks with Jesus, exercise in good works, avoidance of everything unhealthy.
 - B. Davis.

Psa_13:2 (second clause) - Time anticipated when defeat shall be turned into victory.

Psa_13:3 - By accommodating the text to the believer.

I.          True character of Satan, “enemy.”

II.        Remarkable fact that his enemy is exalted over us.

III.       Pressing enquiry, “How long?”
 - B. Davis.

Psa_13:3 - “Lighten mine eyes.” A prayer fit for

(1)        Every benighted sinner.

(2)        Every seeker of salvation.

(3)        Every learner in Christ's school.

(4)        Every tried believer.

(5)        Every dying saint.
 - B. Davis.

Psa_13:4 - Noteth the nature of the wicked two ways; namely, the more they prevail the more insolent they are; they wonderfully exult over those that are afflicted - T. Wilcocks.

Psa_13:5 - Experience and perseverance. “I have,” “my heart shall.”

Psa_13:6 - The bountiful giver and the hearty singer.

The whole Psalm would make a good subject, showing the stages from mourning to rejoicing, dwelling especially upon the turning point, prayer. There are two verses for each, mourning, praying, rejoicing. - A. G. Brown.

We have all asked it, thought it, prayed it, lost sleep over it, made others miserable around us due to it, anguished in prayer to our lord about it, talked to others about it, have been perplexed by it and the IT, Sorrow, perplexity, not understanding why a trial or problem is not going away. There are steps to take and the first is acceptance, always acceptance, ‘rejoice for this is the will of God in Christ concerning you’.

Battle for depression of mind, joy, a biblical out look, and clinging to the word of God. Making the logos, (the word), our sword, hear is dagger.

 In Eph 6, part of the amour is this dagger, in that verse the word is not logos as many think, the whole of the word of the lord, The wording, the sword of the spirit which is the WORD of God, Word means (rhēma), and a  dagger not a sword, select promise verses you commit to memory for life and the hard times, they become a part of you, you meditate on them, think on them, these personal needed words for the lord just for you.

 The word is alive and active; this may be a promise, a word of direction, conviction, illumination in our life when we study this actual living book.

 Your dagger is a personal tailored weapon, and you ware it close to you. The promises the lord has given you should be very close to you, the holy spirit will bring all things to your remembrance, the rest of the word, the logo's.

 Even if your not a word smith, or think you can remember a lot of verses, I tell you now, if you read a lot of the word, the brain is a mighty computer and the power of the holy spirit is mightier yet, and will, and can, bring all those verses to your attention and memory, you will wonder at this. When you are sharing Jesus, the word starts flowing like a living river and it is profound, it still amazes me, not just the  Romans road map to salvation witness, a free flow, anointed witness that the spirit knows what that individual needs to hear and brings the many different verses to your mind.

To you reader, the lord does the same, in times of sorrow, it will be turned to rejoicing, we have all asked how long o lord, how long, the lord in his time will answer, while you wait, you feed on the word, pray, worship in 100% acceptance of your current lot, trouble or condition. Praise and thanksgiving is key, even when you do not understand, understand this, the lord does and that’s all that matters. Today you can go from any sorrow, to rejoicing, and your joy will be full