Psalm 13:1-6 How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
With only 6 verses, this is one of the shorter chapters in the Bible. David prays a simple prayer, but I see a profound truth: prayer changes my heart. I see a man coming to the Lord with a complaint. He’s complaining at God’s seeming distance. He’s complaining about the sorrow in his heart. He talks about his enemies. He’s complaining about the potential mockery of those without. But as his eyes and heart are turned upward, something happens. He cannot help but think about God’s mercy. His heart cannot help but rejoice in God’s salvation. He cannot stop a song of praise from springing up within. And he begins to thank the Lord.
The same may ring true in my life. At times I find myself complaining. I find myself fretting about the future. Sometimes I find myself “drowning” in the present. But I see in this verse that there is one thing that can and will change my attitude and my heart – prayer. When I turn my thoughts and heart upward, I cannot help but see God’s mercy. I cannot help but be reminded of His grace. I can’t help but think of my salvation. And when my heart is in tune with HIM, and I experience these things, I must praise and thank Him.
When life comes our way (and it will – it’s life!), let us remember a simple truth from a short chapter – prayer makes the difference.