How peaceful is your life right now? Is everything happening just like you planned it would be? Or are there things going on that cause you to wonder about life, about the reality of God, about the strength or worth of relationships? Does it seem like life’s spinning out of control?
I am always amazed as I read the Psalms. David’s life was not easy. He faced many enemies. It started with the lion & the bear when he was a young shepherd boy. Then Goliath and King Saul. As King of Israel, he fought in many battles against enemy countries. His own son rose in rebellion against him and he fled for his life. Seemed like he was in a fairly constant state of turmoil. Sounds familiar doesn’t it. The circumstances may be a bit different but the reality of being in a continual battle is all too familiar.
Psalm 59 shows David calling out to God to rescue and protect him. He tells God exactly what’s going on. His enemy is fierce, ruthless and the attacks are unwarranted! David’s done nothing wrong. He doesn’t deserve this! Again, sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
So how did David deal with this unfair threat to his life and livelihood? At the end of the Psalm he says,
“But I will sing about your strength. In the morning I will joyfully sing about your mercy. You have been my stronghold and a place of safety in times of trouble.
O my strength, I will make music to praise you! God is my stronghold, my merciful God!”
Oh man, how can he respond like that? Well, maybe we need to look at how effective our responses are before we judge David’s! Have our responses brought peace and rest to our hearts or our homes? Have they drawn us closer to God? Is hope overtaking despair? If not, maybe we should try David’s method.
- He sang and worshipped God
- He reminded himself of God’s strength and mercy on his behalf
- He remembered how God had stood with him and protected him in times past
- He declared and worshiped God as his strength, his stronghold, his help
David determined to bring to remembrance the reality of his God. The God that saved him from the lion and the bear. The God that empowered him to beat Goliath and spared his life from King Saul’s attack, etc., etc. By choosing to worship God and reminding himself of God’s greatness, power and mercy, David gets his focus back where it’s supposed to be. On the true source of peace, hope and victory, God Almighty!
It’s the same for us, when life gets tough and we can’t see a way out. Our response should be to look up and worship God. To pour out our hearts to Him. Tell Him exactly what’s going on and how we’re feeling. He can handle it! Get it out in the open and then say, “BUT, I thank you God that you’re on my side. I worship You for who You are and have been in my life.” Remind yourself of His greatness and power. Declare it and go forward in the restored peace, hope and joy that He gives. Remember, circumstances don’t have to change for you to experience peace now.