“Layers of Beauty”

Image by Pastor Sharon Samuel-Varghese

Psalm 13 reads as follows:

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,

and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

I see layers of hurt, torment and wrestling within the Psalmist.  He asks many questions we have asked.  In the first two verses he asks the phrase “How long?” four times.  David is experiencing incredible delay in his prayer life.

Have you ever prayed for something and had to keep waiting for answers?  You are not alone.  Keep praying.  Keep reaching out to Jesus.  He will answer you.  David is begging God to look at him, to answer him, to “give light” to his eyes.  He never wants his enemies to speak triumphantly over him.

Verses 5-6 are where I see a remedy for all of us.  

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”

Like the beautiful petals of a perfect red rose, I see these phrases as layer upon beautiful layer, pointing to the path to getting through difficult thought patterns.  Establish proper routines in your mind that follow verses 5-6.

1-Trust in God’s unfailing love.

God will not fail you ever.  You can depend on Him.  His love does not change.  He loves you unconditionally.

2-Rejoice in God’s salvation.

The salvation that Jesus gives to us is a gift of His grace by faith.  Rejoice in it.  It is never received by anything you do, but because of everything Christ has done.  Rest and rejoice.  

3-Sing to the Lord.

Break out in song.  Change your demeanor.  You can’t stay sad or depressed long when you begin to sing praises to Jesus.  Sing to the Lord with joy.  Hasn’t He been exceptionally good to you?  Smile and Sing!  

Trust.  Rejoice.  Sing.  

Trust.  Rejoice.  Sing.


Trust.  Rejoice.  Sing.

These are the layers of beauty that God wants us to follow as He heals every hurting heart and mind.  I’m praying for you.

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