Devotional Reading Psalm 13 – ODB 09.01.14 –
[twocolumns]Had David known then, what we know now, he may not have lamented thus in Psalm 13:1-2. Had he been able to read Isaiah 49:15, he may not have suggested that it was even possible for God to have forgotten him. Had he been able to read Ezekiel 39:23-24, and Isaiah 59:2, he would have known that it is only unconfessed and unrepented sin that could have caused God to hide His face, if in fact God did hide His face.
The messages in the first and last verses appear conflicting. “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? – I will sing to the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.” Which is it David? How can you seriously believe that God has forgotten you, and at the same time, admit that He has dealt bountifully with you? Or could it be that you are aware that in the past God has dealt bountifully with you, but since then, you have formed the opinion that he has forgotten you?
Whatever the answer may be, one thing is undeniable. In Psalm 13, David mirrors the attitude and thinking of many Christians who complain first, and praise afterwards, if at all. But does that make such thinking right?
The born-again Child of God can rest assured that God can never forget him. Such a proposition does not even make sense, because, unlike the case in David’s time, God now lives within us through His Holy Spirit. For the same reason, God cannot hide His face from His children, even when we sin. Like Adam and Eve, we will hide our face from Him when we sin, and perhaps we should, even for a few seconds to bow our head, confess our sin and ask His forgiveness. And as we do that, we believe that He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
As Jesus, on the cross, took upon Himself all the sin of the world, His Father had no choice but to hide His face from Him. By so doing, the Father inflicted more pain and suffering on Jesus than all the beatings and thorns and nails combined. This righteous act of God the Father extracted the most gut-wrenching cry from Jesus. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46) God will never again hide His face from His Son, nor from any of His many children.
Today, when we sin, we grieve the Holy Spirit, and by extension, God the Father and God the son. God stands ready to restore the broken fellowship and the joy of our salvation as soon as we confess our sin to Him, even though we may suffer the earthly consequences.
After stating the condition under which God will Hide His face, in Ezekiel 39:23-24, in verse 29, we read, “And I will not hide My face from them any more; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord GOD.”
Tell the Devil to get creative with his lies, because the one about God forgetting us and hiding His face from us is downright stupid.[/twocolumns]