“But I trusted in your steadfast love.
My heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to Yahweh!
Because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
David trusted in Yahweh and his steadfast love. He rejoiced in the Yahweh’s salvation. Therefore he was going to sing to Yahweh. In fact, Yahweh had been kind and bountiful to him.
Give light to my eyes!
Otherwise I will sleep the sleep of death.
My enemy will say.
‘I have prevailed over him.’
My foes will rejoice
Because I am shaken.”
David wanted Yahweh to listen to him and answer him. He wanted his eyes kept open because otherwise he might fall into the sleep of death. His enemies might say that they have prevailed. His enemies would rejoice because He was shaken.
“To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of David.
Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul?
How long must I have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?”
This is another short Psalm 13 with no other mention than a choir leader and David. David has a personal lament. He wanted to know how long Yahweh would forget him. How long would Yahweh hide his face from him? How long would he have sorrow in his heart and soul all day long? How long would his enemies exalt over him? Clearly David was concerned that he was being neglected by Yahweh.