Psalm 13 – "The Pain with Patience" – J. P. Kang
Questions for Reflection
1. How does having a time limit (e.g., a deadline) affect the process of waiting for something or someone? How about when there is no time limit? Which situation do you think the Psalmist is in (read verses 1–4)?
2. How do your memories help you cope with suffering? How do they make it worse? Compare the Psalmist’s memory of God’s past faithfulness in verse 6.
3. On what are your hopes for the future based? Compare the Psalmist’s expression of trust in verse 5.
4. How can you improve your memory of good and true things that God has done for you and told you? (Hint: it’s hard to do this by yourself!) How can you enrich your memory and imagination in the present so that you can be better equipped to embrace God’s answer in the future?
5. Reflect on Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”