He Still Loves Me
In 2003, the movie, The Fighting Temptations, starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Beyonce was released. It told the story of a struggling choir that made it big in the end. Members from the old R&B group, the Ojays, were in it, along with Christian rapper, T-Bone, Rue McClannahan, Melba Moore, and a host of many, extremely talented people from today and decades past. The climax of the movie is when they performed the song, “He Still Loves Me,” sung by most of the cast. It remains one of my all-time favorite songs, as it reminds me that I can never be too far removed from God. He is always by my side.
Some are aware of the struggles my family is enduring. There are many days I awake and ask the Lord to please end it or end me. I hurt continually. Then today, I read Psalm 13, and am reminded of King David. God called him a man after His own heart. David wrote Psalm 13 like so many of his psalms where he is begging for relief. He cries out to God, asking where He is, if He remembers him. He lists everything going wrong around him. Then in verse five, he says that he trusts God. He ends with praise.
I am slowly learning to keep a heart of praise, regardless of what dragons lay in front of me, because no matter what, God is in the midst of it. He sees it all, and He still loves me. This trial, which is only for a moment, is working a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (II Corinthians 4:17), so I can praise the Lord!
If you have the chance, look up the video for the song. It’s on Youtube.
How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5 But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.