Life is like the stage of a weather anchor on the news. We are like the weatherman we stand in front of a screen called a green screen and operate as if we can control what is going on behind us. Truth is, the things going on behind us change frequently, and without notice. The only thing that matters is that God is in control of the stuff going on in the background of our lives.
David, as God’s anointed, had become intimately familiar with that principle. He had spent a great portion of his life in battle, on the run, in hiding or in danger of being killed. All through those times, he never lost sight that God was in charge of whether he lived or died. God was in charge of whether he was king–or a fugitive. God was in charge of whether Israel won or lost battles. God was in charge of whether Israel prospered or starved.
When David finally grasped that concept–well, whatever was happening in the background–he simply trusted God to handle. He learned to rest in God in times of trouble and in times of prosperity. If we could also grasp the concept, we would enjoy the peace God has always intended that we possess. We will never be able to control our circumstances–to think we can, is an illusion. What we can control is our response to those circumstances–we can always trust God and pray with a thankful heart as we face life (Philippians 4:6-7). And we can be content–whatever is going on behind us (Philippians 4:11-13)
That was the heart of King David–he could rest easily even when all around him seemed lost–he could do that simply because he knew it was God’s job to complete the plan, and his job to follow.
God Bless You
When I call, give me answers. God, take my side!
Once, in a tight place, you gave me room;
Now I’m in trouble again: grace me! hear me!
2 You rabble—how long do I put up with your scorn?
How long will you lust after lies?
How long will you live crazed by illusion?
3 Look at this: look
Who got picked by God!
He listens the split second I call to him.
4-5 Complain if you must, but don’t lash out.
Keep your mouth shut, and let your heart do the talking.
Build your case before God and wait for his verdict.
6-7 Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say.
I have God’s more-than-enough,
More joy in one ordinary day
7-8 Than they get in all their shopping sprees.
At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep,
For you, God, have put my life back together.