” … I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
This sounds like a happy man; one who is content … in a “good place”!
However, the verse actually starts with the little word “But”.
“But I have trusted …”
Verses 1-4 are a very different tone:
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? …”
The words that follow reveal someone who feels alone & utterly heartbroken.
This Psalm is not written by someone who is happy in their circumstances. Instead, he is grieving and crushed.
Yet, the response of his heart, in these circumstances, is to “trust … rejoice … and sing“! Not about his circumstances – or because of them – but because he recounts to himself the character of his God. He remembers that his Lord is steadfast in His love for him; He is his Saviour: the One who saves. He remembers that God’s dealings with him are generous and good: “bountiful“.
And, so, in spite of the heavy burden of his circumstances – in the face of it all – he can “trust … rejoice … and sing“!
1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me. – Psalms 13