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Psalm 13

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader. A Psalm of David.

1

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?

2

How long must I bear pain in my soul,

and have sorrow in my heart all day long?

How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

 

3

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!

Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,

4

and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;

my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

 

5

But I trusted in your steadfast love;

my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

6

I will sing to the Lord,

because he has dealt bountifully with me.


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Verses 12–18

The psalmist speaks with astonishment, at the wickedness of the wicked, and at the patience and forbearance of God. God prepares the heart for prayer, by kindling holy desires, and strengthening our most holy faith, fixing the thoughts, and raising the affections, and then he graciously accepts the prayer. The preparation of the heart is from the Lord, and we must seek unto him for it. Let the poor, afflicted, persecuted, or tempted believer recollect, that Satan is the prince of this world, and that he is the father of all the ungodly. The children of God cannot expect kindness, truth, or justice from such persons as crucified the Lord of glory. But this once suffering Jesus, now reigns as King over all the earth, and of his dominion there shall be no end. Let us commit ourselves unto him, humbly trusting in his mercy. He will rescue the believer from every temptation, and break the arm of every wicked oppressor, and bruise Satan under our feet shortly. But in heaven alone will all sin and temptation be shut out, though in this life the believer has a foretaste of deliverance.




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