Day 3

Day 3: Anger & Frustration

Psalm 13

1 How long, 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 day after day have sorrow in my heart?
   How long will my enemy triumph over me?

3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
   Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and 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 the Lord’s praise,
   for he has been good to me.
Discussion: Sometimes in life, when things don’t go our way, when our situations don’t seem to be changing, we can get frustrated or even angry. We do not understand why things don’t seem to work out or why everything seems to be against us. Perhaps in this current season, you might be feeling some of this frustration and anger. We are not alone when we feel frustrated and angry at our situations, and we are certainly not alone when some of this anger and frustration we are feeling is directed towards God. It is in these situations we can turn to Psalm 13.

The first two verses of Psalm 13 reflect the deep frustration and anger felt by the psalmist. The primary question is “how long?” It seems that the psalmist has been struggling for quite some time and has begun to question where God is at in all this difficulty. He wants to know when his suffering will end. In verses 3-4, the psalmist even imagines the worst case scenario in which his enemies have the victory. 

But then we come to verses 5-6. Though this psalmist is struggling to understand why his troubles continue, he puts his faith and trust in God anyway because He remembers the ways God has been good to him in the past. He praises God in the midst of his pain and confusion because he knows that God’s ways are good even when he does not understand them. 

When we feel angry and frustrated at ourselves, at life, or even at God, we can take these emotions and express them to God. Then we can remind ourselves of the ways God has been good to us in the past and trust that through the salvation we have in Christ, He will be good to us again in the future.

Engagement:
  1. Read Psalm 13 again.
  2. Reflect on Psalm 13. Try to rephrase it into your own language and connect it to your own situation. If you enjoy writing or journaling, try to rewrite your own version of this psalm.
  3. Pray using Psalm 13 as your guide. 
  4. Worship God. Check out these songs on our playlist: “As It Is (In Heaven)” by Hillsong Worship & “God, You’re So Good” by Passion, Kristin Stanfill
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