Day Eighteen

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?
Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
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


I love that David whines. And he really does. When you read his story, and you know about his years on the run, all of the intrigue and delay in his life, you can see why. But it seems like a part of the Christian faith and life is missing for us. Here we have it, a holy complaint. What is that? It is not the faithless grumbling and complaining of Israel that is recorded in the book of Numbers. Our God’s judgment on them for that sort of thing was severe and quick. Complaining can easily be sinful, but that is not always the case. So, what is the difference? It is here in the Psalm. Look at how David ends. His complaining is born out of genuine faith. He says I trust your love. A holy complaint comes from faith. That is its context. What is next? He praises God’s salvation. He rejoices. A holy complaint comes in the context of real worship. It is mixed with joy. What is after that? A resolve. I will praise even more. I will bring my complaint to my God, because He is my God, and I will praise Him for His goodness all the same. If you complain in this manner, expect the kind of real-life answers that our father David found. He was the apple of our Father’s eye.