Just a few brief thoughts about today’s Psalm…
David is weary and beaten down from worry… and from the constant threat of those who want to end his life.
He is also frustrated. Throughout his life, he has tried his best to honor God… and as king, to lead his people in a way that glorifies God – and God has blessed David and his people because of this.
Yet, he finds that all the good he has done is now neglected… forgotten… in the eyes of the people… and maybe (he feels) in the eyes of God.
But rather than turn against God in his season of anguish, he turns to God – pleading his case, pouring out his heart, openly longing for God to rescue and restore him.
Tough times always reveal what is really in our hearts. They are the true test of where we really are with God. In fact, we can never really know the quality of our faith until we are forced to stand on (and remain standing on) what we believe. Maybe that is why we are called, from time to time, to walk “through the valley of the shadow of death.” We need to know if our faith is genuine… or just intellectual pretense.
It is in those type of moments, when everything seems to be falling apart, that we must turn to the One Who has promised to stand with us – and Who has told us that He will be the Rock upon which we can truly stand!
David’s hope is the hope of everyone who makes God the God of their lives.