Psalm 13

Summary:  David laments God’s absence (v. 1), his problems (v. 2), and the progress of his enemies…..David wants God to act (v. 3), end his sufferings and remove his enemies (vv. 3-4)…..The psalm closes with an acknowledgement of faith (v. 5) with praise and thanksgiving.

Commentary:  The end of this psalm is a change in direction, to speaking about God from speaking to Him (v. 6)…..The feeling of this psalm is what we feel daily, sometimes hourly, regarding our plight…..The godless assert that God is “out of touch,” an opinion David vigorously refutes (Psalm 9, 10)…..The passing of time, waiting for God to act, is something that was endured by peoples in both the Old (Ps. 27:13-14, 37:34, 62:5, Prov. 3:5-6, 20:22, Isa. 30:15-18, 40:31, 64:4, Lam. 3:25, Hab. 2:1-3, Zeph. 3:8) and New (Acts 1:4, Rom. 5:3-4, 1 Cor. 10:13, Heb. 11:1, 12:1-3, James 1:1-8, 1 Pet. 5:10) Testaments…..Of course, waiting can be for our own good (Ps. 25:4-5, Rom. 8:18, Phil. 1:6, James 5:6-11, 1 Pet. 1:22-25, 2 Pet. 3:8-9).