Psalm 13

How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?  How long will my enemy triumph over me?  Look on me and answer, O Lord my God.  Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.  But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.  NIV

So, I ordered a concordance that claimed to be comprehensive to help me with this project.  When the book came, it weighed six pounds, and it is full of references.  As soon as I got it out of the box, I went straight to “w,” and found, to my dismay, that the word, “worry,” wasn’t listed.  My first thought was that I was missing something.  I read the instructions on how to use the book … “worry” should have been there … 365 times if what I’d heard was right.  But, it wasn’t.  Turns out, the word “worry,” doesn’t appear in the King James version of the Bible.  Not once.  I found that so interesting.

It got me thinking … did people not worry in earlier times?  I’ve determined that they just called the activity by other names … it has me wondering when “worry” actually became the name for it, but, that is not the journey that I’m on at the moment.  Right now, I’m looking for Biblical reminders not to engage in this activity that I call worry, and this is the one that I found today.

I found it by using a word search on “trust.”  Initially, I just looked at verse 5, “but I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”  That will be my memory verse today.  But, I thought that the rest of the passage was so beautiful.  I just love David.  I love that he left us so much of his heart in the Psalms, and I love that he poured out his heart to God over and over.

It is clear to me that David struggled with worry … whatever he called it, he did it.  And yet, he knew the answer to solving all of his problems — trust in the unfailing love of our Savior.

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