No one can go through life without facing troubles. If David’s example is anything to go by, anyone in a position of leadership will face more than most.
David was in trouble: ‘with grief my eye is weakened, also my inner self and my body’ (v.9b). He was facing spiritual, mental and physical challenges.
He faced ‘distress’, ‘sorrow’, ‘grief’, ‘anguish’, ‘groaning’, ‘affliction’, illness, ‘enemies’, ‘contempt’ from his neighbours, brokenness, ‘terror’, conspiracy and plots (v9–13).
Yet, in the midst of all this, he is able to say, ‘But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands’ (v14–15). He trusts in God’s ‘unfailing love’ (v.16). Sometimes, when things are going wrong, it is hard to believe that God really does love you. But he does. David cries out for help because he trusts that God will deliver him.
It is in the tough times that the object in which you trust is really put to the test. But, as Henry Ford wrote, ‘When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.’ Trust that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
Lord, in all the challenges that lie ahead, help me to trust in you. ‘“You are my God.” My times are in your hands… Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. Let me not be put to shame, Lord, for I have cried out to you’ (Psalm 31:14–17).
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