In Psalm 13, David cries out to God:
“How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm 13:1-2, NIV)
Perhaps you have felt such heart-wrenching pain. Perhaps you have known what sorrow, depression, despair feels like. It’s a dark and lonely place to be. It’s a place of fear, and perhaps the worst thing about it is that there’s no end in sight. “How long, Lord?” Will this last forever? Is this the last word in my life?
When we cannot see the end, we can still know that God is with us whatever we go through. Hope is a comfort in the darkest day, and Christians have a hope that cannot be shaken. To the Christian who is depressed, grieving, in the grip of despair: you will be better one day. The darkness will not last forever. Your enemy will not triumph over you. Christ has triumphed over your enemy. The Spirit has come as your companion in the journey. God holds for you an unshakable hope, a future of glorious light.
And even while you walk in the darkness, you can cling to the same solace that David found in his despair:
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.” (vv.5-6)