Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.
Throughout this psalm David shows his trust in God and his great desire to draw close to Him. Yet in the trials and challenges of life God can seem distant, and our sins can cut us off from Him. So David begged God not to turn him away or hide His face. He earnestly asked God not to leave or forsake him.
Through it all, David knew what God had told Joshua: “I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5; see also Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Hebrews 13:5). David knew that God’s love and loyalty is even stronger than the bonds of the love of a father or mother! He is our faithful, perfect, loving Heavenly Father.
For more about trust and faith in God, see our section on “Faith.”