David of old knew first-hand about suffering through hard circumstances. There were times when he felt completely overwhelmed by evil people who were trying to take his life. If we could put ourselves in David’s sandals we might totally understand why he was worn-out to the point of not sleeping, not eating well, even with a hint of paranoia. David entrusted himself to God, and truly believed he was in the Lord’s hands – and that fact was his go-to truth.
There are times when we all struggle with why afflictions happen to us, in whatever form they might take in us. Yet, it is in the times of being forgotten by others that we are most remembered by God; it is in the situations of trouble that God is the expert in deliverance; it is when people revile us, say terrible things about us, and talk behind our backs that God comes alongside and whispers his grace and steadfast love to us. In other words, it is only when life is downright hard that we can see a soft-hearted God standing to help us and hold us.
So, the psalms are the consummate place to run when we are most in need. They provide the means to lift up heartfelt prayers when our own words fail us. The psalms give us structure and meaning when the world around us makes no sense. The psalms do not always give us answers to our most vexing questions, but they do point us to the God who can do something about the sin of this fallen world – Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Sovereign God, life can often treat me poorly, yet you are always good to me. Work in me a heart of faith and devotion to the point where my anxieties melt away, and trust takes over through the power of the Spirit. Amen.