Tell Your Situation Your God Saves
Day: 2 | Plan: When Words Fail
Today's Reading: Psalms 3-4
Psalm 4:8 (ESV) "In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety."
We have a sinkhole on our farm. It started out small. But with every rain, it grows. One day we decided to fill it in. It took three tractor-loads of dirt. The next heavy rain we had, the hole was back, only wider and deeper than before.
Have you ever had a situation in life that felt like a sinkhole? It feels bottomless … like the ground you once stood on is collapsing beneath you. And maybe you start the slide into despair.
Psalms 3 and 4 give us a glimpse into King David's heart at a moment when he faced a sinkhole of a problem. We read from the title of Psalm 3 that this is "A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son." People were out to get David. They wanted to mar his reputation and kill him for his crown. But perhaps the biggest blow was that his son, Absalom, was leading the charge. Absalom spread lies about his father and "stole the hearts of the men of Israel" (2 Samuel 15:6b). David was forced to flee from Jerusalem and the palace, his home. Along the way, he faced jeers and cursing. (2 Samuel 16:13) His situation felt so bleak that David began to question whether God was for him! (2 Samuel 15:25-26)
Look at the anguish David expresses in Psalm 3 and 4. He felt surrounded by the enemy. (Psalm 3:1) He was humiliated and hounded by lies. (Psalm 3:2; 4:2) He felt anger (Psalm 4:4) and despair. (Psalm 4:6a) His situation was bad. Really bad.
And yet, in the midst of this hard situation, David turned around and reminded himself of WHO God is. He voices the fact that God is:
- "a shield about me" (Psalm 3:3)
- "my glory" (Psalm 3:3)
- "my righteousness" (Psalm 4:1)
- my "relief" from "distress" (Psalm 4:1)
- "the lifter of my head" (Psalm 3:3)
- my security (Psalm 4:8)
David also affirms to himself that God:
- "hears" me (Psalm 4:3)
- "answer[s] me" (Psalm 3:4)
- "sustain[s] me" (Psalm 3:5)
- "sets [me] apart" (Psalm 4:3)
- gives me "more joy" (Psalm 4:7)
- saves me from "my enemies" (Psalm 3:7)
An amazing thing happened when David spoke the truth of God over his situation: His hard situation lost its grip on his soul. His slide into despair stopped. He had peace. It was a peace so real that even though his life was in constant danger, David said he could "lie down and sleep" (Psalm 4:8). No worry or anxiety. No fear for what might be ahead.
Paul refers to this as "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:7). There is a peace that doesn't make sense to the world, because it is not dependent on our circumstances. In fact, it guards our hearts and minds against despair IN SPITE of our circumstances. It is dependent on only one thing … the unchanging, unfailing character of God.
So the next time our situations look bad, let's turn around and tell our hard situation that we have a God who saves. Let's remind ourselves of God's good character and His love for us. And let's sleep with a peace that overcomes the sinkhole of despair.
Prayer: God, You are never changing. Your character is as true now as it was in David's time. You hear me when I pray. You set me apart and give me joy. You are my shield from the enemy. Jesus, You died and became my glory and righteousness. (Hebrews 2:9) Lift my face to Your glorious light, that my troubles would fade in comparison to Your radiance. I ask for Your peace that will provide rest for my soul. In Jesus' name, amen.
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