Consider me and answer, Lord my God. Restore brightness to my eyes; otherwise, I will sleep in death. My enemy will say “I have triumphed over him” and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. Psalm 13:3-4 CSB
We are a stubborn people—or at the very least, I am a stubborn person. I like to hold on to my problems and anxieties as if someone is trying to take them from me.
Well, there is someone trying to pry the anxieties and burdens out of my hands… He is only waiting for me to surrender them first. But how often have I let the enemy triumph by refusing to seek God’s help? In my earthly habit, I think it better to keep my burdens from God, going around with dull eyes, trying to cope alone. Why? Because it’s “too complicated”, “not important”, or “not the right time”. What I feel is “not strong enough”, “capable”, and “scared” to open our can of worms in front of God. So I just ignore and keep everything bottled.
And merely by my refusal to call onto God for help, the enemy has proclaimed a triumph.
David refused to let the enemy claim victory. He faced enemy after enemy but instead of bottling his problems, David gifted us the Psalms, a series of emotional and vulnerable cries to God. It’s as if David was jumping up and down waving at God over and over again asking for help.
David readily admits that his enemies are “too strong for me” (Psalm 18:17). As a result, he asks for deliverance, strength and salvation from God. It doesn’t matter how many difficulties David is faced against or how complicated the issue is, he pleads for God’s intervention. As many times David cries out for help, there are just as many praises for God’s deliverance and blessings. The Lord is his (and our) fortress, refuge, support, and rescuer time and time again.
Rather than sleep in death, we need to call out to Abba for help. Our Father is waiting for us to call out to Him. He wants to revive us and give us joy and restore brightness to our eyes. He only waits for us to call upon Him. He is a God who delivers, heals, comforts, and loves without borders.
Let us practice O Lord, my God by:
- Thanking Him for responding to our calls of help, for restoring brightness to our eyes, and being our place of refuge.
- Asking Him to give us courage and strength to cry out vulnerably in our times of need.