This morning I carried on with part 2 of yesterday’s devotional study (Anne Graham Lotz)
David’s situation looked hopeless – all he could see, feel, taste, touch and hear was death all around him. He was overwhelmed, humanly speaking.
David’s situation, however, was not actually hopeless. He knew God.
He cried out to God.
His trust was in God.
He looked to God.
His focus was on God.
I really don’t think it would have been a simple thing for him to take his eyes from the blackness of his situation and to lift them up to God. Look at that language –
The pangs of death surrounded me,
And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
What caused him to be able to shift his focus in that sort of situation?
This is faith.
Believing (trusting in, being confident of, being sure of) God – knowing Him well enough that David was confident in God as his deliverer. He knew the nature of God.
Because he had spent time with Him, well before this situation arose. He had built a sure foundation on God’s word (read Ps 119 to see this) and regularly took time to commune with God (while he tended sheep and carried out life’s everyday duties).
This is a key for us – if our faith is weak, we need to consider how much of an effort we have put in to get to know God’s nature, enabling us to take Him at His Word.
In my distress I called upon the LORD,
And cried out to my God;
David lifted his eyes off his situation long enough to call to the LORD
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him,
even to His ears.
Many other verses of scripture back up this quality of God to hear our cries above dark situations.
Read Jeremiah 29:10-14 to get a real view of how God’s heart is toward us, waiting for us to turn to him. Even when the Israelites were in captivity for disobedience and turning their hearts away from God, He was already prophesying to them that His plans toward them were still for good and not for evil!
The key was they had to turn their hearts back to God and cry out to Him.
Search for Him with your whole heart.
Yours in Christ