The Spirit of the Psalms: O Lord At Times My Heart Is Cold (Psalm 13)

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

The Spirit of the Psalms
Psalm 13 Version 1

O Lord, at times my heart is cold,
No blessing can I see;
No warmth of Thy protecting love,
No comfort shines on me.

How long wilt Thou conceal Thy face,
And must I distant stand,
With deep’ning sadness, and with trials
And scorn at every hand?

O Lord, my God, consider me,
I fear the soul’s dark sleep;
Grant me to taste Thy power and love,
And living feelings keep.

Help me my pilgrimage review,
And praise Thee for the past;
Reflect on all Thy love to me,
That I may feel at last.

So may I sing, whate’er I feel,
For all Thou art to me;
Thy bounteous dealings, O so kind!
Shall shame my gloom away.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O LORD my God!
Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the LORD
because he is good to me.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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