Read Psalm 55 if you’re in trouble. Verses 1-5 tell us David’s problems. So much of a problem he wants to run away and he even says the heat of the lifeless desert would be an escape (vv. 6-7). He’s been betrayed by a friend (vv. 12-14). He resorts to asking God to destroy his enemies (v. 15). Sick them, Lord.
You know you’re at a low point when you do this. Ever want to run away? Ever want to call down fire from heaven on those who have hurt you? What do you do when you’re in this troubling moment — this seemingly hopeless, never-ending season?
Remember this whole chapter is a prayer…even the rough, accusing, uncertain first part. It’s honesty and transparency before God at its best. David had to get honest, desperate, broken, and humble before he would find God. You have to get to a place where you want God more than a fix from God. It was in the middle of prayer that David got his hope and perspective back. Don’t stop praying. Pray through!
Here’s what David found out through prayer (vv. 16-17):
1. He got personal: “As for me…”
David turned back to the God who he had a personal relationship with and chose something other than complaining and hopelessness. You have to decide not to respond like everyone else. You have to have an “As for me” defining moment. Thank You Lord for Your friendship.
2. He got practical: “…I will call upon the Lord.” David chose to really trust God in the middle of difficulty, not just grumble. He started the prayer asking God to listen, not ignore, and hear (vv. 1-2). Truth is God already knew what David was going through. How often it seems I think God isn’t listening only to find out after praying He was already moving and working. If only I would just call on Him instead of complaining to Him. Thank You for Your patience, Lord.
3. He got power: “…and the Lord shall save me.” David chose the power that is the Lord, not false power that comes through fleeing problems or griping about them. Power does not come from the destruction of our enemies but from delight in the Lord. Thank You for the encouraging power of Your Spirit that lives in me.
4. He got persistent. “Evening, morning, and at noon…” David chose to continue seeking the Lord in difficulty and not to be mad when something didn’t happen or change immediately. Oh how quickly we give up on God! If we we were as serious about God as He is about us we would seek Him multiple times a day…all day long. Thank You God for being there every time I’ve needed You.
He goes on to write a verse I say often, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22). Obviously, before verse 22, David was shaken. This verse doesn’t mean we won’t go through difficulty, only if we choose to let God settle us we will find peace in the storm.
He won’t let us continue to be shaken but will settle us before He settles our troubles. The chapter ends with “But as as for me, I trust You.” Notice David didn’t say, “I will trust after You fix my problem.” No, he chose to trust now, with troubles still present. David knew God was an ever-present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). Though troubles are present for a moment, God is eternal. As for me, I will trust You.
Stephen Harrison is the lead pastor of Family Church at White Hall.
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