Facing the Darkness
O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: ~Psalm 7:1
The superscription of Psalm 7 says, “Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.” This is the only mention we have in the Bible concerning Cush. He was a relative of Saul, having his descendance from the tribe of Benjamin. As we read Psalm 7, we quickly see that David was in a world of trouble. Cush was making intimidating threats to David. The name “Cush” means dark. Cush is a picture of the powers of darkness fighting with the believer. This morning, we want to be encouraged on how we can face the dark hour that God allows in our lives.
We see the consternation of David.
David was feeling like he was being torn to shreds by the threats and words of Cush. He described Cush as persecuting him, and his words were tearing his soul like a lion. Many times, the words of other people cause us anxiety, hurt, and discouragement. Words that are critical, gossipy, scornful, and evil make us feel like we are placed in a paper shredder and being torn to pieces. It hurts when those whom we know say things to rip us. It hurts when we realize that there are those who are completely opposed to us and attack us with hateful words. David was swimming in doubt, discouragement, and near defeat.
We see the confusion of David.
When we face difficult times, our thoughts become very foggy, and it is hard to think clearly. David was searching his soul to find out where he said or did anything to Cush to deserve this attack. He said that if he did, then he deserved to be persecuted. We must be careful that we do not allow the attacks of our adversaries to make us spiritually catatonic. We must be careful that we do not fall into a state of spiritual paralysis, or such fear, that the good things that we are supposed to be doing fall into a standstill. When the powers of darkness attack, their goal is that we stop serving the Lord and living for Him. Don’t let the dark hour of your life become a disabling moment.
We see the confidence of David.
David was calling on the Lord. David told God that his complete trust is in the Lord. When his eyes got back on the Lord, he was able to see more clearly. As he came back to his spiritual senses, he remembered that God is his defense. He remembered that God is angry with the wicked for their evil intentions. In faith, he acknowledges that God is in control of his situation. In your darkest hour, have faith in God. Dr. Charles Weigle experienced a great heartache after many years as an evangelist. His wife deserted and left him. He was broken in heart and felt the pressures of the dark hour. Yet, in the midst of this, he penned the lyrics to the precious hymn, “No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus.” In your darkest hour, you can trust God to see you through.
We see the counsel from David.
This psalm is David’s counsel to us when we face a dark moment in our life. Firstly, God will take care of our adversaries. Secondly, we must stay bended on our knees and trust Him to see us through. Trials teach us to pray with greater fervency. Thirdly, God will vindicate His servants. Fourth, the enemies will dig their own hole and fall into it. Lastly, thank the Lord that He has trusted you with this dark moment so that He gets the glory and you grow through it.
The dark hours of life are opportunities for the Lord to show us He is strong. Don’t run away, fade away, or stay away. Stay faithful, and wait for the light to rise once again.
Have a faithful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 5-6