This very short Psalm seems to summarise the dilemma that many of us face, when we look at our own situation.
Do we blame God and other people for our circumstances - as outlined in the first section of the Psalm?
Or do we invite God to touch our eyes, so that we can see his many great blessings - as outlined by the second and third sections of the Psalm?
How long, Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
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?
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
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.
Psalm 13 (NIV)
Let’s ask God to give light to our eyes.
Let’s trust in God’s unfailing love.
Let’s rejoice in God’s salvation.
And why not make a list - of all the ways in which God has been good to us?