David’s Complaint – 13:1b-2 – “Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I bear pain (take counsel) in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?”
This is now the section of the prayer where David pours out his complaints. Clearly, whatever David is going through he is not well. He is experiencing all kinds of trouble and turmoil: he thinks God has forgotten him, that God has hidden his face from him, and these thoughts are tearing his soul apart, bringing him inner pain and sorrow in his soul every second of the day. Then we learn that David has an enemy who has or is bringing extreme difficulty into his life, because they have somehow gained the upper hand with David and seem eager to proclaim their victory over him, rejoicing at the downfall of David. Whatever the situation was the this enemy it is clear that David thinks it is not what God wants to happen, so he cries out about it. David’s complaint can be summarized in a few statements: 1) I am in pain, 2) my enemy wants my demise, 3) God, where are you?
David’s Request – 13:3a – “Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death…”
Often when someone makes a complaint to God and pours out there heart before Him, the person will beg for God to show up directly afterwards. We need to remember that the Psalms are poetry, and that when David says, “…light up my eyes…” he is not saying that all he needs is physical light because he follows the statement with, “…lest I sleep the sleep of death.” This is highly poetic language describing the fact that if God does not show up and save David from this awful time, his life – in his view – is done! Light up my eyes means – save me, restore the health of my heart and soul, I’m in anguish, show up and lead me out of this mess, or else I’m at my end.
I wonder, where are you? I mean, as you read this you’re doing life somewhere with other people, and I’m certain that some of you might be in this moment feeling the way David felt. Is that you? Do you feel that your circumstances are bleak enough to believe that God must show up sometime soon or else you are done? I’ve been there. It’s not fun, but the glorious thing is that God does show up. Always, He is faithful, good, kind, and won’t leave us in a moment of weakness but sustain us with Himself to make it through. If this is you, hold on. God is coming, God is working, keep your eyes open for Him, He’ll reveal Himself soon and capture your heart.