One of people’s favorite characteristics of the Psalms is their raw honesty. Within these writings, you can find the highs and lows of human emotions that resonate with your own feelings. What I find relatable and inspiring is how the psalmists allow their feelings to draw them closer to God, rather than pushing them away.
Psalm 13 particularly stood out to me in this regard. As you read the first 4 verses, you witness David bemoaning his situation. He asks, “How long, LORD? Did you hide from me? Have you forgotten me? Don’t you care that my enemy is beating me?” David’s honest approach to God is palpable, and he fearlessly expresses his deepest emotions.
Then, as I turn the page in my Bible, I come across the next two verses. “But I trust you. My heart is happy with you. I will sing, for you are good to me.”
The first time I encountered this, I had to double-check to make sure I hadn’t skipped a page. What happened? Where did this sudden change come from? Did God answer? Was everything suddenly better?
It becomes apparent that nothing external changed for David; instead, he chose to place his trust in God over his circumstances. Yes, I might feel down or overwhelmed, but I am certain that God is good..
This is often what we need to do as well. We must consciously choose to believe in God’s goodness despite our circumstances, so that we can find joy in His faithfulness even when things seem bleak. In Brian Johnson’s song ‘Love Comes Down’ there is a line that resonates deeply: “I sing out to remind my soul, I am Yours.”
The world constantly tries to divert our attention from God, but we must constantly remind ourselves that He is trustworthy, He is good, and He is exactly what we need. Take a moment to reflect on the goodness of God in your own life. Don’t ever forget it. God is good.