Reading: Psalm 13
Verse Three: Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death.
The psalmist, David, is in need of God’s rescue. He is being put hard to the test by his enemies and it seems that God’s reputation is on the line. As a man well-known for relying on God and being blessed by God, defeat would appear to be either the consequences of sin in his life or that he has fallen from God’s favor as king. In any case, David is certainly feeling as if he is out of God’s presence and care.
The is a feeling of desperation in David’s voice. In verse three he says, “Look on me and answer”. Sometimes we too approach God in a similar manner. We feel as if we deserve an answer and we can even feel as if we deserve the exact answer we want. We can also have the ‘how can you let this happen to me, God?’ attitude. David then says, “Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death”. Death is a pretty final step. David feels as if this is the option if God does not intercede on his behalf. He is very hard-pressed.
As we fast forward in the faith story, we have a different take on the finality of death. Our resurrected Lord has conquered this foe too. Even death could not hold Jesus. In Him we find the promise of eternal life, so we do not fear death in the same way that David did. Yet none of us really wants to die either – we love our families, friends, and other aspects of life in the here and now. But ultimately our hope in eternity arches over anything life can throw at us. In the end, God does rescue David and his heart rejoices. May w too rejoice in the God who rescues no matrer what the day brings, knowing that we too rest in God’s hands.