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A Season of Psalms: Psalm 13:1-2, 5

Psalm 13:1-2, 5

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?...But I have trusted in your steadfast love…

English Standard Version (ESV)

Garth Brooks is enjoying something of a mini-revival these days. I remember when he announced his retirement from the country music industry, when he was still one of the most influential country artists at the time. He’d recorded dozens of #1 hits, including one entitled “Unanswered Prayers.” It was one of my favorite songs when I was a teenager, and I took some of the lyrics of that song to heart: Just because He don’t answer doesn’t mean He don’t care. Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.

Have you ever looked back over the course of your life and thanked God for the prayers that He didn’t answer? For some of us, we still play the game of “What If?” While at times it may be interesting to speculate about what might have happened or where we might be had God answered our prayer, we can know for certain that He has us exactly where He wants us to be: in the center of His good and perfect will.

David was crying out for deliverance to God: “When are you going to answer my prayer?” He was ready for the sorrow to be over so that he could see brighter days ahead. But even in the difficult days when his prayer wasn’t answered in the timely manner in which he hoped, notice David’s response in verse 5: “But I have trusted in your steadfast love.” David knew, as we know, that the God in whom we trust is faithful to deliver, not on our time, but on God’s Standard Time (GST). When we place our full trust in Him, we discover that He has something far, far better planned for us!

A.W. Tozer: "The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there's nothing I want, and in the will of God, there's nothing I fear."

Further Reading: Proverbs 3:3-6; Matthew 6:25-34

Pray with me:

Father, keep us in the center of Your perfect will. Today and every day, teach us to pray “Thy kingdom come, my kingdom go.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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