Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. –Psalm 13:3
Some questions beg an answer. Consider the following:
Why do banks charge a fee on “insufficient funds” when they know there is not enough money in your account?
How do you know the light really turns off when you shut the refrigerator door?
What exactly is Spam?
Why doesn’t glue stick to its own bottle?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Here’s my personal favorite question: Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
Unfortunately, not all of life’s questions are so humorous. We often have deep questions such as:
Why did this happen to me?
Does my life really matter?
How could I have been so wrong?
What am I going to do?
In despair, David cried out to God with deep questions, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm 13:1-2)
This short passage is filled with the raw emotion that comes from the depths of a hurting soul. While it can be tempting to overlook the humanity in this prayer, I invite you to sit down with it and linger over the words, both in your mind and heart. Perhaps these words resonate within your own soul today. Embrace them as your own prayer and as the psalmist did so many years ago, continue to trust in God’s unfailing love, rejoice in his salvation and sing to the Lord, for He has been good to you.
1. If you could ask one question of God, what would it be?
2. How can Psalm 13:5-6 make a difference in life when we have so many unanswered questions?