The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. ~Psalm 28:7
Psalm 28 was written either during David’s flight from Saul or Absalom. There were moments when the closeness of his adversaries made him think life was over. He was overcome with incredible fears. Yet, as this psalm progresses, there is a major shift in his tome and outlook. As we meditate on this psalm, we might say that David was thinking, “All’s well that ends well.”
We see David as he was sinking.
“Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.” David felt very desperate. He was at his wits’ end. He did not see a Plan B. There were moments when God’s silence made him think he had been forsaken. He compared God’s silence to him as one who descended into a pit. Descending into a pit was a place of no return. When you have that sinking feeling, you feel like all hope is gone. You feel like you have hit rock bottom and cannot rise up. You feel like the specter of death is approaching and your life is about to be taken away. Are you going through a trial that has given you that sinking feeling?
We see David in his supplication.
“Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.” While going through his time of trial, David’s prayers were filled with instruction on how to pray. He demonstrated the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man. His prayers were fervent. Notice he was crying, weeping, and pleading in his praying. His prayers were frequent. He speaks of “my supplications.” His prayers were for freedom. He did not want to be drawn away by his foes. His prayers were for failure. He prayed that his enemies would fail in their attempts against him. His prayers were in faith. He had complete trust in God to take care of him.
We see David in his singing.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” David is singing! He is singing with praise that God is on his side. He is singing in praise that God helped him through this trial. He has gone from sorrow to singing! He has gone from remorse to rejoicing! He has gone from fear to faith! He has gone from feeling vulnerable to feeling vindicated. Don’t let your trial take your song from you! Don’t let your trial dismantle your faith in God! He said, “Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.”
We see David who is strengthened.
In his psalms, David frequently refers to the Lord his strength and shield. Suffering and trials weaken us and drain us of our strength. It is during these critical times we must learn the secret for strength. David learned that as he waited upon the Lord in prayer and silence, it was not a reviving of strength that he received, but rather it was the Lord Himself Who was his strength. In Genesis 49:24, we learn how the Lord is our strength. “But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:).” We have no strength unless we allow the hands of the Lord to rest on us and make us strong. Samson lost his strength after his head was shaven. However, his hair grew back! Waiting, dependence, and humility are God’s secret for believers who have been weakened and depleted. His strength came back and was more than before!
Did the pit swallow him? No! Did his circumstance destroy him? No! David’s situation ended well just like it does for us. It always ends well when we approach our problem like David.
Have a strengthened God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Acts 24-26