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Psalm 13:6

ESV I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
NIV I will sing the LORD's praise, for he has been good to me.
NASB I will sing to the Lord, Because He has looked after me.
CSB I will sing to the Lord because he has treated me generously.
NLT I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.
KJV I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

What does Psalm 13:6 mean?

What began as a lament of frustrated anguish (Psalm 13:1–4) ends in a song of praise. David cried out to God, sincerely expressing his pain as many people do (Psalm 73:2–3; Habakkuk 1:2–4). David, however, knows that his limitations are not God's failures, and even when circumstances are hard, he chooses to trust the Lord (Psalm 11:1).

David will sing to the Lord because the Lord has been so good to him. The word "bountifully" emphasizes the enormous extent of God's goodness. Praise should be constant. Difficult circumstances may not change, but neither does God's love for His people. Because His love is unfailing, God's people can rejoice, knowing that God is good all the time.

The Hebrews encountered many trials when they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land, but God faithfully provided for them and brought them into the Promised Land. Isaiah 63:9 points out how the Lord cared for His people. This verse states: "In all their afflictions he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old."

Believers must make a choice when trouble strikes. We can despair, curse God, and succumb to fear. Or, we can pray—even if that prayer expresses angst and unhappiness—as we reflect on God's goodness through our praise.
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