In my time of worship this morning, I was listening to (and singing along with) Brian Doerksen’s beautiful song, Psalm 13 (How Long Oh Lord). The words of the song always move me, especially the chorus which is taken from the last two verses of the psalm:
O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O LORD my God!
Restore the light to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the LORD
because he has been so good to me. (Psalm 13)
Because of my current study by Beth Moore, Breaking Free, I’ve been thinking a lot about the times and ways God has rescued me, and how thankful I am for His unfailing love. For a number of years (from about 1997 through 2002), I led a women’s Bible study in my home, and I remember telling the women in that study that God’s lesson to me for the ’90’s was "Obedience, Obedience, Obedience." When I obey God, I keep in footstep with Him, following the path He has for me. And when I do that, I don’t need rescued. But because I’m human, I sometimes get off that path, and it is oh-so-good to know that His unfailing love will always come to my rescue.
I can trust Him. So can you.
In the grip of His grace,