One of the famous stories in Samuel, is of David being on the run from Saul. While David was hidden in a cave, Saul enters that cave to go to the bathroom. While Saul is hard at it, David sneaks up cuts a swath of of the king’s clothes–but, then allows Saul to leave unharmed. Later, David confronts Saul, and shows him that he spared the king’s life–shocked, the king leaves and allows David to make his next escape.
This psalm was written in the cave. David is literally composing a song describing his frustration of being surrounded, alone and living as a fugitive–for trusting the Lord. I can only imagine the depth of despair David must have felt, as his hunter was within inches of him! YET, as he cried out for the Lord’s help, the Lord had again delivered. I am sure that in later years, David remembered God’s grace–but right then, he was feeling abandoned.
We also face life events that seem totally hopeless and painful. We feel alone and abandoned wondering if God is real, or if we are simply using religion as a crutch. Then, what seems to be a hopeless situation, turns into a miracle of grace; and God–yes, God gets the glory, as it should be. We never know how God is working His plan in our lives, we simply trust that He is. God has big shoulders and can bear our hurt feelings, but, He will remain faithful–even when doubt Him!
God Bless You
I cry aloud to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2 I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble.
3 When my spirit grows faint within me,
it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
people have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
no one cares for my life.
5 I cry to you, Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
7 Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me.