How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
In these verses, we see an “only” reality: Life seems to be only full of trouble. When David was writing this psalm, he felt very vulnerable. In reading the psalms, one thing becomes evident: David was a realist about life. According to David, life is hard. Life is full of trouble. David feels like his enemies are running over him as a mob runs over a fence. He is expressing a depth of feeling that most people won’t even acknowledge.
There certainly are times when life seems to be only full of trouble. We are living in unprecedented times. Many have lost their lives to COVID-19. Many have lost their jobs due to the quarantine orders issued by our government. Right now, it might seem like life is only full of trouble. The important thing to see is that in the verses that follow, David turns back to only God. Right now, life is hard for many! It’s okay to cry out to God and let Him know what you are experiencing and feeling.
Questions to Ponder:
Today do you feel like a leaning wall or a tottering fence? Do you feel vulnerable today? Are you able to cry out to God and let Him know what you are feeling? At the end of the day, where do you turn to find hope in a troubled world?
- Praise the LORD for being Your Constant Companion, One Who can handle the deepest, hardest things. He’s such a good listener.
- Ask Him to remind His church how we can come to Him with anything. His arms are wide open, His ears attentive to our cry.
Father, You are my Strong Tower. You are the one who I run to. I hide myself under the shadow of Your wings. Forgive me LORD for times when I put my trust and hope in other things. God, I ask that each one of us at Oak Pointe would receive this truth that we can come to You with everything that is on our heart- the good and the bad. I ask that you come and remind me of Your Faithfulness from Your Word as well as in my own life. Flood me now with memories of how you have been faithful in my own life. For You LORD, always finish what You started. Thank you, Jesus!! I pray this in your name. Amen.