Psalm 13 | How Long?!

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Key Topics: Conflict; Doubt; Despair; Depression; Hope; Praise; Trust / Psalm 13; Jeremiah 20


We seem to think other people, especially those in the Bible, don’t struggle like we do. They do, and they did. We are not alone in our internal struggles and thought battles. In this sermon, see how people like David, Moses, Job, and Jeremiah also battled with themselves and with God through their dark times, and learn principles from Psalm 13 to help you through these times in your own life.



Psalm 13 KJV

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

1 How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: Lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; And those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

6 I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.



Have you every asked God, “How long?!”


King David did.


We seem to think other people, especially those in the Bible, don’t struggle like we do.


They do.


We think they are always successful, saintly, and supremely happy.


They weren’t.


Many of them struggled in their soul and cried out overwhelmed with the realities of life.


Today, we are going to look at some great biblical heros and see their internal struggles.


Then, we are going to draw out principles from Psalm 13 to help us when we do the same.


Let’s start with the obvious choice, Job.


Job, Job 3

Job 3:3-12 Job wishes he had never been born after he experiences extreme loss from satanic oppression

I wish I had never been born (3:1–10).I wish I had died at birth (3:11–19).I wish I could die now (3:20–26).

Job ended up being blessed by God more in the end than he was in the beginning. Job 42:12-17

Moses, Numbers 11

Numbers 11:1-15 Moses asks God to kill him as he struggles to bear the burden of leading complaining followers.

God empowers 70 men to share Moses’ burden with him. Numbers 11:16-17

Jeremiah, Jeremiah 20

Jeremiah 20:1-18 Jeremiah curses the day he had been born and accuses God of deceiving him as he endures persecution for prophesying faithfully.

The LORD is with Jeremiah and helps Jeremiah open his cause, sing unto the LORD, and see deliverance. Jeremiah 20:11-13


John the Baptist

Matthew 11:1-6 Tells of John the Baptist’s time of doubting Jesus amidst imprisonment.

Jesus ends up praising John the Baptist as great in Matthew 11:7-11.



David’s Predicament



Will you forget me

Shall I have inner strife

Shall I have inner sorrow

Shall my enemies rise over me



Consider me

Hear me

Strengthen me

Before I die

So my enemy doesn’t prevail

So my enemies don’t rejoice

Heb 11:6


David’s Deliverance



In the LORD

In God’s mercy



In my heart

In God’s salvation

In song

Because God has dealt bountifully



Matthew 27:46 KJV

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?



1. Everyone has their moments.

2. It is normal to struggle with God and self.

3. Move. Don’t get trapped in the struggle.

4. Trust. Don’t get bitter in the struggle.

5. Praise. Don’t despair in the struggle.