Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Poem Based On Psalm 13

Because this poem is based on Psalm 13, I decided to post the Psalm first:

Psalm 13

1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

3 Look on me and answer, O Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
4 my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
for he has been good to me.

The first part of verse two really hit me.
"How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?"
          I've pretty much asked that exact question of God often recently. Some days life hurts and I can't help but ask God, "How long?!". But I am trusting in His unfailing love and His promises to me. God isn't going to leave me alone to fight. He will always hold me.

How Long, Oh LORD? 11/18/12

How long must I wrestle with tear filled eyes?
How long will You hide Your face from my cries?
How long, from a distance, will you watch my tears?
How long shall I be waiting? Moments seem like years.
How long, Oh LORD, will You let me weep?
How long, Oh LORD, will Your justice sleep?
How long, how long, will the enemies laugh?
How long, how long, will You withhold Your wrath?
On unfailing love my hope is held.
With unfailing love my fears are quelled.
Before mercy's throne my plea is heard.
My comfort is this- Your promised Word.


This song was in my head when I was writing that poem. :)
Copyright © 2012 Ophelia M. Flowers


  1. Verses 1 and 2 have been particularly relevant to my life of late, since I am again stuck in the depths of major depressive disorder. But I have always been greatly comforted by verses 5 & 6. In the midst of such suffering, it is good to meditate upon His faithfulness and love, and to praise Him.
    God bless

    1. Thank you for commenting, Peter. Yes, it is good to meditate on God's goodness. :) I will be praying for you. :)



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