Written by: Suvojit Mondal
Psalm 13 was composed by David, when Absalom conspired against him Saul tried to kill him. The Psalm is quite simple in form. The psalm falls into three stanzas, two verses each. The problem—David is depressed (13:1 2). David thought that God had left him. David asks God for an answer. David asks for “light to my eyes” (13:3 4). This means life; David does not want to die. God does not answer David; but, David believes that God will answer. This is because the love of God never fails.
When we feel sad or depressed remember Psalm 13. Tell God that you feel sad, and ask God for help. Then tell God that you believe that he will answer you. Remember, the love of God never fails. Almost all the Psalms are a way to glorify our God and telling God that I am your son, don’t forget me ever. We need to make strong relations with God like David had with God. So that we can ask God why did you do this to me? We can praise God and tell him you are the one who have to give light to my eyes. Most importantly, we have to trust in God—like David did, even when he was dying. We need to praise God even when we are going through the most difficulties in our life.
Everything in this world is changeable—nature, feelings, humans, relationships—everything except God (maybe he is outsider). In the same way, our relationships with God also change every day. Some of us are getting closer to God; some of us are going away from God. But we have to remember that God is always with us—he never changes. When you are facing many difficulties in your life, ask God as many as question you want; but, do not abandon God.
Remember, only God will be your constant in every moment or situation of your life. David may have had many enemies, but he had one true friend—and He is God the almighty. If God is also your true friend than he will never abandon you, in the same way He never abandoned David.
We need to build up a friendly relation with God and have a deep faith in God. So that when we are angry we can argue with God; when we are in depression we can share our bad feelings with God; when we are happy we can enjoy together with God; and thank God when we are in danger. We can ask help from God and depend on Him just like a friend.
Trusting God also means loving God, and having faith in God means declaring God as your Lord. In the same way, believing in God means singing praises to the Lord—even in worst time of your life—for God has been good to you.
A famous Bengali song by the great Rabindranath Tagore goes:
FORGIVE MY languor, O Lord,
If ever I lag behind
Upon life’s way.
Forgive my anguished heart
Which trembles and hesitates
In its service.
Forgive my fondness
That lavishes its wealth
Upon an unprofitable past.
Forgive these faded flowers
In my offering
That wilt in the fierce heat
Of panting hours.