In Psalm 55, we find David going through a very difficult time. David had lost the heart of the people to his son, Absalom, who had caused an incredible amount of conflict with David. We also read of the account of Ahithophel, one of David’s most trusted advisors and friends, betraying him. It’s a dark, difficult and discouraging time. Have you ever been there? Maybe you are in that place right now? Are you feeling like your world is collapsing around you? Look at how David felt…
1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
Wow! David states, “my heart is sore pained within me.” He is broken, discouraged and fearful. We then see that David has a decision to make. Does he just throw in the towel and give up? With his situation being this bad, is there any light at the end of the tunnel? David had a choice to make that only he could. Look at what David decided to do…
16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. 20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. 22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
I love David’s statement in verse 16 where he says, “as for me”. David recognized that he had a choice to make in this time of despair, and that choice rested completely with him. When you find yourself in that hopeless situation, you need to remember that the choice on how you respond is up to you. David decided to call upon God. David decided to pray and cry aloud to God. David decided to cast his burden upon the Lord. David decided to trust God completely.
As for me! What a life-changing statement. What about you? How are you going to respond in times of difficulty and despair? The choice is yours. God is able and willing to work in your life and situation, but are you willing to completely trust Him? So, as for you, what will you do?