Read Psalm 13
Focus on verse 5-6
The little three-letter word “but” has a sneaky way of negating everything that was said before it. One of the most common ways this happens is when it is hidden in an apology, which no matter how eloquently it is delivered, can all be wiped out if it is followed by a “but” explanation. For example “I’m sorry I got angry, but you should know better than to do something like that.”
This can also work in a more positive direction as it does in today’s Psalm. David begins the Psalm by lamenting that he feels abandoned by the Lord. In verse five he adds “but I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in our salvation.” It seems that although David feels he has every reason to complain miserably, he makes a conscious choice to trust and rejoice despite his contrary feelings. Interestingly when we take this approach our feelings most often soon begin to align with our action.
When we allow our feelings to determine our actions instead of our will, it is not unlike attempting to run a train backwards with the engine pushing and the caboose leading. It may work for a while, but when you get into a tight curve it’ll come off the rails. Life tends to run more consistently when we allow our will to lead the way and expect our feelings to follow along. With this approach we are much more likely to choose to rejoice and trust in the Lord.