The Psalms of today’s reading (18, 52, 54, 59) all have a common theme.
18:4-5–“The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me”
52:1,2–“Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?…your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor you worker of deceit”
54:1,3–“O God, save me by your name,…For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life”
59:1–“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me form those who rise up against me”
David, the ascribed author of each, faced many serious problems, challenges, and threats. It is obvious there were times he did not believe he would make it through them alive.
There is another corresponding theme as well:
18:1–“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God , my rock, in whom I take refuge”
52:8–“I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever”
54:4–“Behold God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life”
59:9–“O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress”
By the very nature of life we are going to face hardships and trouble as did David.
That’s a given.
What is not a given is how we will meet these hardships. David met them with God. God was his strength, rock, fortress, deliverer, refuge, trust, helper, and upholder.
We too may face them with God, or we can try it alone.
I wonder how that would work out?
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