Psalm 13: Patience for Victory

Why do Christians sometimes feel like God is ignoring them?

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Psalm 13:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
How long will you ignore me, Lord? Surely, not forever. Isn’t it time that you showed your face?
King James
Psalm 13:1 <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?

Of what benefit are self-help books?

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Psalm 13:2 Must I be my own counselor to comfort and encourage me in my grief day after day? When will my adversaries quit looking down on me?
King James
Psalm 13:2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Which is more devastating, physical or emotional injury? Why?

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Psalm 13:3–4 Hear my prayer, Lord God. Let me see the victory, or I will die.
Celebrating my defeat, my enemies will shout, “We’ve won.”
King James
Psalm 13:3–4 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

What are the most important celebrations?

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Psalm 13:4–6 Celebrating my defeat, my enemies will shout, “We’ve won.”
Since I have trusted the Lord, knowing his plan will end in victory. I will be the one celebrating, praising him for his goodness.
Luke 10:20 “However, you should not rejoice that evil spirits obey your commands. Instead, rejoice because your citizenship in Heaven has been recorded.”
Luke 15:7 I assure you, it is the same way in Heaven. There will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than for ninety-nine who have not strayed.
King James
Psalm 13:4–6 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

When standing before the throne of God in Heaven, what are the greatest reasons we will have for praising him?

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Psalm 13:5–6 Since I have trusted the Lord, knowing his plan will end in victory. I will be the one celebrating, praising him for his goodness.
King James
Psalm 13:5–6 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.