When the heartaches of life from tragedy, loss, or disappointment overwhelm us, we must come before God. Our prayers are heard and our tears are seen by our great Intercessor-Jesus Christ. It is at the most painful times that our faith is put to the test, and these are the situations that require Divine intervention to provide consolation and peace.
The Psalms are my favorite chapters in the Bible. Once David was given the responsibility of leading the Israelites as their King, his faith in God became a roller coaster ride. Feelings of distress mixed with wavering faith, so often expressed throughout the Psalms, makes it easy for us to identify with King David.
Psalm 23 portrays his confident side: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. Even when I walk through the darkest Valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” (vv. 1,4) NLT
In Psalm 25, he asks of God to: “Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord.” (vv. 6-7) NLT
Just 2 chapters later, David expresses fear: “The Lord is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my Fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” (27:1) NLT
In Chapters 29 and 30 he acknowledges Divine intervention when he proclaims: ” I will exalt You, Lord, For You rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. Oh Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my house.” (30:1-2)
If we recall, this is the same little shepherd boy that God used to destroy the Philistine giant-Goliath. Most of us have a history of Deliverance through the most difficult times in our lives. Would God so easily forget us? What must we do to strengthen our faith, so it reaches a level of having complete confidence in God and releasing our all to him?
Personally, I am exhausted from the roller coaster ride of having peaks of strong faith to the valleys of wavering faith. Through human eyes, I see stop signs; however, God requires me to see life through spiritual eyes, where there are green lights when He is guiding my life. I will continue to strive for my faith to grow to the point that I can say as King David expressed: “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of Thanksgiving. “Psalm 28:7 NLT
Prayer for today: “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal Spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:10-11
Sonya Johnson Ruiz