As much as we try to hold it all together, sometimes the threads of our life unravel and come completely apart.
The phone call that changes everything in a matter of seconds.
The job you thought was secure is taken away.
Your stellar health takes an abrupt turn in the opposite direction.
Your loved one does something unthinkable, smashing your heart to pieces.
You feel unappreciated by everyone around you; do they even care?
I like the way David writes in Psalm 13 when his life was falling apart. Even though it was written many centuries ago, the pain and agony is no different from what we feel today:
How long, Oh Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Give light to my eyes or I will surely sleep in death!
I’m right there with you, David. Sometimes I feel like God has surely forgotten me. Surely he’s forgotten or he wouldn’t have let my life fall apart, right?
Sometimes negative thoughts shoot like arrows straight to my soul. I know I shouldn’t be thinking such horrible things, but I just feel so overwhelmed with all that’s happened.
Come on, God! How long are you gonna let this person ruin my life? When will they be held accountable? Do you even know what’s happening?
When life falls apart, sometimes we don’t see any light at all. All feels dark. The bottom drops out. Disappointment can easily turn to despair. And if despair lingers long enough, it turns to deep depression. When you’re depressed long enough, you’d be perfectly fine to just never wake up.
I have felt this way before when life falls apart. You’ve probably felt this way when life falls apart.
I mean, heck, look at David! Not only did he feel this way, but he wrote it down for goodness sake!!
I’m so glad he wrote it down. Because Psalm 13 doesn’t stop there. He pours his heart out to God in verses 1-4 after his life falls apart. But then he keeps going. Look at what David does in verses 5-6. Even in the midst of his life falling apart in front of his very eyes, look at the 3 things he embraces:
I trust in your unfailing love .
So he trusts in God’s love. A perfect love. Unfailing.
People will fail us all the time… Even those who love us the most.
He embraces trust, and not his feelings. Not his emotions. When we’re falling apart, feelings and emotions will absolutely deceive you. David is wise to put his trust in something that won’t fail him.
My heart rejoices in your salvation.
Are you kidding me here, David? What is there to rejoice about when life is unraveling all around you? This is what I thought when I first read this verse! He’s not rejoicing about his circumstances. He’s not rejoicing in the way people are treating him. He certainly isn’t rejoicing about feeling alone.
But he rejoices in his salvation.
He knows (not feels) that God has his back, no matter what. He knows that ultimately, no matter what happens with the junk spewing around him, he belongs to God.
I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.
Wow. Even in the midst of utter turmoil and feeling shaken, David chooses to sing. And he wasn’t singing to perform for anyone in this instance. He sings a song to the Lord. Why?
Because of God’s goodness.
He probably thought about all the blessings God had poured out upon him before his current catastrophe. When we focus on God’s goodness from the past, it gets us through the present problems.
And if you don’t like the sound of your own voice? Then turn on some Christian music and sing along with someone else’s. Yes! Praise and worship music lifts my spirit when I’m in a slump.
Even if life isn’t falling apart for you right now, at some point it will (John 16:33). Purpose now in your heart to embrace these 3 things for when those moments come crashing down.
If you are in the midst of life falling apart right now, embrace these powerful truths and hold on….He is with you.
TRUST (in his unfailing love)
REJOICE (in your salvation)
SING (about his goodness)
Blessings to you!