David was attacked, afraid, and abandoned. Folks were twisting his words, stalking him, and causing strife. Just as his anxiety seems to be running away with him – he stops.
This I know… vs 9
Our hope comes from what we know.
David knew that God was for him (vs 9.)
David knew God’s Word (vs 10.)
David knew God was trustworthy (vs 11.)
By reminding himself of what he knew to be true, David was able to choose faith over fear (vs 11.)
The author of Lamentations came to the same conclusion after describing his affliction as so unbearable that he couldn’t even remember what happiness felt like.
He said, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope” (Lamentations 3:21.)
He then listed all of the things that he knew to be true of God. It was the things he knew that brought him home.
We need to know some truths about God. And we need to know them on the front end – before going into battle – so that we can call them to mind in the midst of the battle.
👉 What do you know to be true of God?
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Earthly relationships can be so difficult. We misunderstand. We fall short. We disappoint.
In this psalm, David mourned the betrayal of a close friendship. Someone he considered to be a companion. He was restless and in anguish. This person had spoken kindly but planned evil.
But look at how David responds.
“But I call to God…Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan…” vs 16-17
He talk to God about it. In fact, David prayed three times a day and admitted that he mentioned it to God all three times. He complained..to God.
Not to his neighbor.
Not to other church goers.
Not to those who may side with him and make him feel better.
He took it to God.
I don’t know about you, but that was a word for me this morning.
I need to take my complaints and hurts to the Lord.
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He has put eternity into man’s heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11
There is something deep within us – placed there by our creator – that knows we were made for more than all of this. We know there is more to life than what we see with our eyes and touch with our fingers. We look around us and think, “Surely there is more to life.”
And there is, dear friend.
Someone posted a quote today that said, “Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there.”
Isn’t that just perfect?
All of my angst and anxiety, frustration and tension – it all stems from living here and longing for there. We experience earth but are all too aware that eternity exists.
We know that nothing is as it should be and we long for all to be made right. And it will be some day.
He has put eternity into man’s heart.
He has given his people a holy restlessness to remind us that we are based on earth but we belong in heaven.
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Don’t you know that David was tired?
Tired of the enemy constantly rising up.
Tired of people constantly betraying.
Tired of situations constantly being stressful.
Tired of himself constantly falling short.
Tired of companions constantly abandoning.
I read his words sometimes and whisper a hearty, “Me too, David. Me too.”
As I read through these characteristics of God described in Psalm 54, I see that – whatever the need – God is the answer.
God is the answer.
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The brokenness of it all.
The I just don’t belong.
The “what in the world” of it all.
The “how did I get here” of it all.
The remember when.
The should have been.
The barely hanging in.
The I can’t wait till then.
The longing for heaven of it all.
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