But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:5-6 (ESV)
The Psalms are full of laments, many of which begin with the phrase, "How long, O Lord?" These verses from Psalm 13 immediately follow one such passage, but there is a noticeable shift in tone, beginning with the word "but." What this three-letter conjunction conveys is a proper posture toward God; one that says that even in sorrow and perceived abandonment, God is good and worthy of our praise. The writer uses present-tense, action words to show that he will choose joy and worship at all times, no matter what. Concerning the riches of God's love, he paints a word picture of overflowing, overwhelming goodness. Even in the hardest of times, God's goodness is bountiful - more than we can hold. What an encouragement for our weary hearts when circumstances threaten to steal our joy.