Bible Verse: “How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day? How long will my enemy dominate me?” Psalm 13:2
Scripture Reading: Psalm 13:1-6
During this current pandemic, many men are facing overwhelming anxiety for their family, finances, and health.
There is a good chance you have asked God to give you peace. Have you ever wondered why we need to keep asking God to deliver us from the anxiety that can fill our minds? Why doesn’t he just remove anxiety the first time we pray for it?
That great fear or worry you have asked God to help you conquer may seem to keep coming back to you again and again. Why won’t these thoughts just go away?
David’s prayer in this Psalm is heartfelt. He feels like God has forgotten him. Anxiety consumes his mind, and it feels like the circumstances of life are dominating his every moment and every thought.
In verse 3, we get a clearer idea of what David is looking for. He wants God to restore the life in his eyes. It’s a vivid moment. When your mind is swirling with doubts and fears, you can see it in your eyes.
The beauty of this Psalm is that David recognizes the mental battle he is facing. In verse 5, he starts with the word “but.” This is an important transition from focusing on the messages in his head and the circumstances in his life. David determines in his heart that he is going to fight back against the lies by choosing to trust the faithful love of God, rejoicing in a deliverance he had not fully experienced yet, and singing to the Lord. David fights his mental health challenges by actively focusing on the One who has been generous towards him.
This Psalm is an invitation to a deeper relationship with God. It is not a promise that everything will be OK – it is a living example of how one man fought the battle of mental health by focusing on and celebrating the great generosity of God.
Today, take some time to rejoice in the deliverance you have not fully experienced, but you know is coming because God is faithful. Sing to and worship God as a way to fight your anxious thoughts.
— Kirk Giles, President, Promise Keepers Canada