David wrote, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou dost preserve my life; thou dost stretch out thy hand against the wrath of my enemies, and thy right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; thy steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of thy hands.” Psalms 138: 7, 8 In the 23ed Psalm we read, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” Once again David sings out his praises and trust in God, “Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with mighty victories by His right hand.” Psalms 20:6
We live in a world that throws its share of troubles our way and sometimes we can’t help but feel that we are being crushed by the weight of those problems. A friend of mine just lost her job, another is losing his home and still another is facing personal problems that are sapping the life out of him. For many people life is not easy and regardless of all the advantages David had by being King, life was anything but easy for him. He had been a hunted man, surrounded by enemies, with few friends to share his pain and give him support. I think we have all felt very alone at times when the pressures of life come crashing over us. David had committed adultery and even had the woman’s husband killed so he could try and hide the reality of his relationship with the woman. Rebellions and family problems plagued him and the threats of war hung over his reign.
But, David had hope in spite of everything that happened to him. He knew that God loved him unconditionally and never abandoned him. Yes, at times he could feel alone and struggle to understand his place in God’s plan, but he knew God was with him and had a plan for his life. David might not always be able to see the plan, but that didn’t say there wasn’t any plan. David could say, “though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou dost preserve my life; thou does stretch out thy hand against the wrath of my enemies, and thy right hand delivers me.” That same promise and understanding of God’s love is available to us through faith. Though troubles surround us and things sometimes look hopeless, they aren’t. Our trust is in God who preserves life and stretches out His hand to deliver us.
When I was a child I remember falling in our backyard and cutting my knees. I started to cry, actually it was more like a scream when I saw the blood, and suddenly my mother was there lifting me up and holding me close to her. I remember feeling so assured and safe that my fear disappeared and all I wanted to do was hold onto her forever. That time of my life has passed and my mother has passed away, but I have a hope that someday I will embrace her once again, but this time it won’t be because I’m frightened and scared. This time it will be because of the mercy, love and compassion of God who redeems those who put their trust in Him. David says, “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; thy steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.”
Yes, the Lord has a purpose for you, and it’s rooted in His steadfast love that lasts forever. When you are tempted to give up and throw in the towel remember, God died for you, and the God of the Universe loves you beyond your wildest imagination. And someday, if not today, you will be united with God for all eternity never again to face the pain of this world. “May He grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.” Psalms 20: 4, 5