Psalm 13: Complaint and Trust

Psalm 13:1-6
For the choir director; a psalm by David.
How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I make decisions alone
with sorrow in my heart day after day?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look at me! Answer me, O LORD my God!
light up my eyes, or else I will die
and my enemy will say, “I have overpowered him.”
My opponents will rejoice because I have been shaken.
But I trust your mercy.
My heart finds joy in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD
because he has been good to me.
(God’s Word®)

Broyles observes that expressing a complaint need not indicate a lack of trust; nor does trust make complaint unnecessary.16 This is because believers pour out their complaint to him, trusting that they shall praise him.

Allen P. Ross, A Commentary on the Psalms, Volume I, p. 370

16 Broyles, Psalms, p. 87

Hebrews 4:15-16
We have a chief priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are, but he didn’t sin. So we can go confidently to the throne of God’s kindness to receive mercy and find kindness, which will help us at the right time.

Ephesians 6:18a
Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. (God’s Word®)

1 Response to “Psalm 13: Complaint and Trust”


  1. 1 Alan

    Trust cannot be disanulled, for that to happen the work of Jesus Christ would become ineffectual. The only man may be in conflict, but the inner man of the heart rests in the Lord, which is very much different than the outward man.

    David had sinned and made his distress known unto the Lord, even though the Lord knew him to be in distress for He put him in it, but would hear from David.

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