As we continue the journey with God, we find that life goes through seasons. Some seasons are great–good times, happy memories peace and prosperity. Still other times, life seems impossible. In those days, nothing goes right, everyone hates us, and we live as an embarrassment to all that know us–even God. In Psalm 69, David was having one of THOSE days. While he was seeking God, it seemed his enemies outnumbered him a million to one. Everything he tried went wrong, and he was making everyone he knew miserable. That is a tough place to be–especially when you are the king.
In those most miserable of days, David still did the right thing–he took his petitions to God. He did not walk away from faith. He did not denounce his allegiance to God–instead, he doubled down and surrendered to God even more. The reality was there was nowhere better or even else to go. David knew that even in the darkest and most miserable times–God is with us and will carry us through–that is who He is. While it felt like he was alone and exposed, he knew God remained his shield and his protector.
In our lives, we are offered all the world’s solutions to trials–but, we know they simply do not work. Our faith in God is the only thing we have that is real and permanent. He will be our shield and our protector–just as he was King David’s. Even when all seems lost, and the world has us by the throat–we still cling to God. He alone will save us. He loves us and wants only what is best for us. Even in the darkest hours he remains the light at the end of the tunnel.
God Bless You
Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me without reason
outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal.
5 You, God, know my folly;
my guilt is not hidden from you.
6 Lord, the Lord Almighty,
may those who hope in you
not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
may those who seek you
not be put to shame because of me.
7 For I endure scorn for your sake,
and shame covers my face.
8 I am a foreigner to my own family,
a stranger to my own mother’s children;
9 for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,
people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.