But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me. – Psalms 13:5-6 (NIV)
Psalm 13 has a number of bad things going on: loneliness, abandonment, evil overcoming good and internal conflict. David is in a bad place. These are the dark nights of the soul that most of us will face in our lives. It really does not matter how we get there, but the way out is essential. David keys in on this way out – trust in God.
This is an overwhelming theme in the Psalms. The idea that no matter what circumstance the writer finds himself in, God is still loving, trustworthy and righteous. The Psalmist testifies time after time that salvation is still found in God and that He is still deserving of worship.
In the end, God is always God, though we may not feel it in the moment. We may struggle, strain and twist in this life, burdened with pain and sorrow, but we must hold onto this truth. Everything else changes, but God doesn’t. No matter how we start, or where we go, or where we end up, God’s love is there welcoming the prodigal child home.
I desperately need to believe this in my life. This truth needs to define me more every day, not only so I can see my way through the pain and sorrow, but so I can begin to live this out with my children. I need to exemplify this steadfastness to them. They need a father who does not change in his love for them, no matter what circumstances the choices take them to.
Lord, help me to live with the truth of Your unchanging character deep in my heart. May I learn to love my children with integrity and grace. Amen.