“But I trust in Your unfailing love. I will rejoice because You have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me.” – Psalm 13:5-6 (NLT)
This chapter begins with David crying out to the Lord in the midst of feeling far away from Him. In the midst of some struggle and turmoil. In the midst of a battle against David’s enemy.
How many of us get stuck in the first part of the process, where we become so blinded by our circumstances that we lose sight of anything/anyone else? Too often the struggles and battles that come our way defeat us simply by incapacitating us. We get so caught up in seeing the storm that we lose sight of the One who calms the storms. But David didn’t get stuck in this state of mind. Rather, he goes on to praise the Lord, giving us three fundamental keys in the process.
Keep in mind that while David is writing these three points that he is still in the midst of the struggle. But he says that he will trust in the unfailing love of God. The Hebrew word for trust here means to be reliant and unsuspecting (see Strong’s Concordance H982). So David is going to be reliant upon the love of the Lord, knowing that He has never failed him and He won’t start now. Because of this trust in His unfailing love, David can rejoice because he recalls all the times before that God has rescued him. He knows that God will do it again. And this rejoicing gives birth to singing because of the Lord’s goodness. He praises the Lord in the midst of the storm because he knows the One whom he serves. He knows that God is so faithful and His goodness never runs out. It endures for all eternity. All we have to do is simply trust in His goodness, His unfailing love.
This is such a simple thing, yet we so easily forget to cling to the basic principles of the Word. Our circumstances overwhelm us when they should be pushing us deeper into the One from whom our help comes from. Which raises the question, how much do we actually trust in the God we claim to follow? If only we would put the same intentionality into principles such as these as we do into things of lesser value. Could you imagine the authority over the storms of life that the people of God would be walking in?
As I said, these things are so simple. They are not difficult to implement, just difficult to remember at times when the storms of life hit. And this is why the stronghold of the mind is such an important battle to win for the Lord. The way we think about a situation determines our response to it. Many things about this walk of faith are simple, if we would only take the time to recognize and practice them.
So, what storm are you currently facing in life that needs to be met with Trust, Rejoicing, and Singing?