Sad days – we all have them but what can be done when they don’t go away? The world may seem completely hopeless and there may be situations you can’t possibly see your way out of but there is still hope. Trust me for a minute… Our verse for today is written by someone who was well acquainted with grief, pain and shame (and survived!!!).
These verses come from a Psalm written by David. Davids life was filled with extreme highs of victory and blessing and then the other extreme of low times where life-threatening danger or sadness was experienced. Yet amid some tougher times, he penned this Psalm – and we get a glimpse of how he chose to cope…
1 Hear my prayer, O LORD;
give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
2 Enter not into judgment with your servant,
for no one living is righteous before you.
3 For the enemy has pursued my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 Therefore my spirit faints within me;
my heart within me is appalled.
5 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands.
6 I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah
7 Answer me quickly, O LORD!
My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD!
I have fled to you for refuge.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!
11 For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life!
In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
for I am your servant.
– Psalm 143 (ESV)
Firstly, David goes to God and prays, focusing on God’s righteousness and acknowledges his own unrighteousness. He makes his cause known and remembers the history of God’s goodness to his people. He reiterates his trust in God and opens himself up to God’s instruction and leading.
Part way through verse 10 we see an increase in his confidence, In the midst of praying his faith is strengthened. His hope in God is renewed.
When we get to the absolute end of ourselves and it would seem we have nothing in this world to rely on, give thanks to God. Crazy I know, but when we get there we only have two options… To trust God or not to trust God. If we had lots of other options it complicates things and it can be easier to trust in things rather than God.
Speak honestly to God, David did. Read the Bible, and be reminded of God’s faithfulness and love.
God does not do words without action, He takes great delight in making and keeping His promises!