Psalm 13:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 13:1, NIV: For the director of music. A psalm of David. How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

Psalm 13:1, ESV: To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

Psalm 13:1, KJV: {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?

Psalm 13:1, NASB: How long, LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Psalm 13:1, NLT: For the choir director: A psalm of David. O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?

Psalm 13:1, CSB: How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

What does Psalm 13:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Life is not always easy. Faith in God does not always bring easy answers. Scripture does not hide this fact. Here, David joins many others in expressing his confusion and frustration to God (Psalm 73:2–3; Habakkuk 1:2–4). Faced with danger, it seems to David that the Lord has forgotten him. David's question of "how long?" is more than just a question of time; it's also a plea for explanation. There is a sense of "why?" carried within these complaints.

Apparently, God's promise to make David king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:13) was growing faint in the face of persecution. David was encouraged when he beheld God's face, but now it seemed God had hidden His face. David expresses a similar note of concern in Psalm 22:11, where he prays: "Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help."

Believers may identify with David's feeling of abandonment. Trouble may tempt a believer to think God has abandoned them and no longer cares. However, the Lord will never forsake a believer, and He cares for him (Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 5:7). David's struggle will not lead him to reject God; he will respond to his fears with faith (Psalm 13:5–6).