What do Joseph, David, the Canaanite woman, and, possibly, you and I have in common? Perhaps we have all thought or expressed the ideas found in the verses of Psalm 13. Verses 5 and 6 have been highlighted in my Bible for a long time — long before these verses were on my radar for the 2020 Project — because they are relevant to my life.
David wrote Psalm 13 during a time of illness when his enemies wanted him to die. There are moments in all of our lives where we have wrestled with tough situations and disappointment. We wonder if God hears, pays attention or cares. I believe that since he loves us, he always hears, pays attention, cares and acts. He does this in, around, in spite of and through our situations, attitudes or those of others, in his time and way. He has our best interest at heart and wants to bring us through our hard times to a deeper relationship, faith and trust in him.
Chapters 43 and 44 of Genesis continue the story of Joseph and his brothers, bringing the brothers to Egypt to buy food from Joseph, who had risen to a position of leadership and power. They didn't recognize Joseph as their brother at the time. Though the psalms hadn't been written yet, do you suppose Joseph had similar thoughts as David in Psalm 13: "How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?" I imagine that over the course of his time in Egypt, with all the chaos that entered his life there, he must have wondered if he would ever see his family again. Yet we know he leaned into God and trusted him with all things. He must have known the truth of Psalm 13:5,6: "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."
The Canaanite woman in Matthew 15 may not have known any of the psalms, but she had enough faith in a Jewish teacher to ask him for help when a demon possessed her daughter. He recognized she would've had great faith even to ask, and he granted her request. Her daughter experienced healing, and, no doubt, both women experienced salvation. Indeed, God had been good to her, and she had reason to praise him.
I challenge us today to think about how God has walked us through hard times, perhaps even now, and how we can trust him. Then let us sing, for he has been good to us!
Elder, DayBreak Volunteer, women’s ministry leadership team