Psalms 13-14 Devotional

Psalms 13 and 14, from the Psalmist again, reflect so much of the journey of humanity and intimate relationship with God, as God intended or desires.  The Psalms can express ourselves when we lack the words.  The Psalms can teach, encourage, convict, remind, exhort and lead in worship and prayer...

In Psalms 13, we hear a heart :
~seeking God
~crying to God
~begging God for mercy
~worshipping God

In Psalms 14, we hear:
~faith in God's knowing...and God's justice
~a yearning for salvation through faith

These Psalms are short, so I will copy and paste from my favorite site:, where you may go and read these very verses in any of a hundred different versions or languages!  I copy in King James Version because that version is public domain and I may do so legally:

Psalm 13-14 King James Version (KJV)

13 How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
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.
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.
14 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge.
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
King James Version (KJV)

What speaks most deeply for you today... the part about worship, the part about crying out for God, the part about desiring mercy or salvation or justice, or the worshiping God part?  How will you hide some of these Psalms in your heart?

Dear Father in Heaven,
 I do thank you that since the Psalms were first recorded, you did provide for our salvation through Jesus Christ, that we may everyday hang on to our hope and expectation that what we live in today is temporary and eternal paradise is in the future of all who call upon Jesus in faith.  I am grateful for your love and care.  In my moments of discouragement and despair, may I choose to remember Your glory and worship You for truly You deserve all honor and praise.  
In Jesus's name I pray, amen.

Thank you for visiting this edition of Blogging Through the Bible.  If you missed other editions, you may find them here:
Words From the Wheel by StaceyLynn Wells
No Longer Lukewarm by Angela G.

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