Lent Devotions: Day 16
Read: Psalm 13
I will sing to the Lord, because
he has dealt bountifully with me. (v. 6)
Often, at the end of a psalm of lament, there is a moment of praise. Praise may seem out of place in a prayer of lament. After all, a lament is a cry to God for help in times of need. But it is precisely here that the psalmists find reason to praise. As we bring our troubles before God, we know that God both hears us and cares for us, and this is reason to praise.
God not only hears us but promises more: to be with us. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus states, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Whatever difficulties you may be facing in life, you are not going through them alone. God does not exist distanced from the daily events of our lives. Instead, as we proclaim so often at Christmas, we worship Immanuel: God with us. This truly is a reason to praise. We are not alone in our pain. God promises to never leave us nor forsake us. As you pray today, praise God for the very fact that God loves you enough to be with you always.
Saying “The Lord has dealt bountifully with me” does not mean we get everything we want. It means that what we have is enough. Immanuel, God with us, is enough. As we pray, we do so knowing that God is truly with us and will never leave us.
Prayer: Oh Lord, we praise and trust in you alone!