Through the Bible Day by Day
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
THE BOUNTY OF GOD AND THE FOLLY OF MEN
The first of these psalms evidently dates from the Sauline persecutions, 1Sa_19:1. Four times the persecuted soul cries, How long! The psalm begins in deepest dejection, but clears as it proceeds. Prayer often proves to be the ladder from the deepest dungeon to the more radiant day. We find here depression, Psa_13:1-2; supplication, Psa_13:3-4; assurance, Psa_13:5-6. Do not carry your anxieties in your heart. Remember that Christ is by your side, and leading you through all to the Kingdom. Faith begins praise for victory before the fight has reached its worst.
The creed, character, and doom of the atheist are set forth in the next psalm, and the psalm is so important as to demand repetition. See Psa_53:1-6. The root of atheism is in the heart, Rom_1:21. Its effect on character, speech, and action is disastrous, and it ends in great fear, Psa_14:5. The best answer to atheism is the light and liberty of the children of God, Psa_14:7; Heb_9:28; 2Th_1:6-10.