Have you ever felt forgettable? Several years ago, a woman introduced herself to me, thinking we’d never met. But she’d actually hosted a skin care party at my house a few months earlier. I felt very forgettable that day.
As much as it hurts to be forgotten by another person, it’s even more painful when we feel forgotten by the Lord. In Psalm 13:1, David cries out to God in his pain and says, “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?”
Maybe you’ve felt the same way. You look at the circumstances and suffering in your life and wonder why God seems to be ignoring your prayers for help.
David doesn’t shy away from asking God his difficult questions. He’s honest about his pain and sorrow. He pleads with God to listen and answer his cries for rescue. And at the end of the psalm, David reminds himself of the truth of God’s character:
“But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” (Psalm 13:5-6)
Even when he feels forgotten, David trusts God’s steadfast love. His circumstances haven’t changed, but he’s choosing to remember what he knows to be true about his God.
The Hebrew word that is translated “steadfast love” in verse 5 implies not just love but also faithfulness and loyalty. God’s steadfast love is His commitment to keep His covenant promises to His people. This love is steadfast because it’s based on God’s promises rather than on how much we deserve it.
David knows God will never forget him or abandon him, because God promised to be with David. God can always be counted on to keep His promises. God’s steadfast love endures forever, because God’s promises endure forever.
No matter what you face this week, trust in God’s steadfast love.
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