David wrote these words when his own son, Absalom, was going after him. Can you imagine that? A son, a family member, someone closer than anyone – going after you. Hating you. Putting you in fear for your life. And Absalom wasn’t doing this by himself, mind you – which would be bad enough – but he rounded up “thousands” to help him. That is hate. It would have been bad enough if it was a stranger, or a known enemy. But this was David’s own son. David’s experience is proof positive that some of our greatest hurts, our biggest disappointments, and our strongest fears, can often be inflicted by those closest to us – our spouses, our family members, or employees, our bosses, or others that we love, trust or rely upon.
But David didn’t shrivel up, as much as he may have wanted to. He didn’t abandon his faith, as hard as it may have been to find. He didn’t let fear determine what he would do, as easy as that would have been. David praised God, as hard as that was to do, when his back was up against the wall. He spoke, out loud, that God was “his shield” around him. And not just that. David said that not only was God his protector, but that God was bestowing glory on him. Yes, you heard that right – David saw that in the middle of the horrible times he was going through that God was, nonetheless, giving him glory. To be able to recognize God’s grace and glory in your life, during the worst times, is so hard sometimes. How on earth did David do it? In short, David recognized that every day, every moment, that God enabled him to live and to fight on, was a new opportunity, and demonstration of God’s faithfulness and sustenance.
Wow. I need to get my head going in that direction. Oh, and what direction is that? UP! When we acknowledge God’s grace, protection and grace, in our worst circumstances we have no choice but to lift our head to the heavens, and praise Him who sustains us.
Lord, thank you for letting us know that we are not alone in our struggles. Thank you for being faithful when it seems that this world is against us. Thank you for sustaining us when others fail us. Thank you for being our provider. Thank you for giving us hope and glory, in the middle of our trials. Thank you for lifting up my head when I am low. Bless me Lord, even when I know I don’t deserve it, because Christ died for my sins and my failings. I pray that you deliver me from my trials, and let me know joy again. I pray that you show your love to those who put their trust in you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Originally posted ProChristianWoman.