Daily Bible Reading Reflections

When You Don’t Know How Long

“How long?” That’s the question David is wrestling with in Psalm 13.

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? (13:1-2)

David wasn’t the first and he certainly won’t be the last to wonder, “How long?”

  • “How long will I be…?”
  • “How long will I have to endure…”
  • “How long before…?”

When we’re frustrated, disappointed, and discouraged, it’s tough not knowing how long the difficulties will last. Is there anything we can do in the meantime? Consider David’s approach as Psalm 13 unfolds.

I may not know “how long,” but I can humbly acknowledge that my own perspective and understanding is limited.

O LORD my God;
enlighten my eyes… (13:3)

I may not know “how long,” but I can pray.

Consider and answer me, O LORD my God… (13:3)

I may not know “how long,” but I can reflect on the innumerable past times God has been faithful as my rock and refuge.

I have trusted in your steadfast love… (13:5)

I may not know “how long,” but I can choose joy in the Lord.

…my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. (13:5)

I may not know “how long,” but I can offer a sacrifice of praise.

…I will sing to the LORD… (13:6)

I may not know “how long,” but I can count my blessings.

…because he has dealt bountifully with me. (13:6)

Difficulties come and go. Uncertainties and frustrations are part of life under the sun. But I can make the most of today and be at peace with tomorrow because I trust the King. What I don’t know, he does. Where I’m weak, he is strong. Today’s “How long?” is no match for “How great!” is my God.