Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in Him.
He alone is my Rock and my Salvation,
my Fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my Refuge, a Rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in Him at all times.
Pour out your heart to Him,
for God is our Refuge.
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I read David’s writings daily. Who can’t relate to an awesome king that loved God…yet was extremely human and sought forgiveness when he was wrong. There is so much hope and healing in his writings and I find myself praying his words back to God.
David was a spiritual man and an extremely emotional one, too. Many times he wrote these psalms out of his own feelings—feelings of amazement, fear, love, anger, and pain. And this particular psalm was written in a time of disappointment, a time that David had been let down over and over. If you have lived into adulthood, then you know how this feels. It’s even harder when the person who disappoints you is a man or woman of God. It can shake us off our firm foundation if we let it.
The person in David’s life was Saul and David’s eyes were opened as a teenager. He couldn’t believe that someone could really go that far off the right path and let sin take him down so far. Later in his life, David himself would slip, too. No one is immune to sin and no one will ever walk a perfect journey here on earth—except Jesus! Pastors will mess up. Friends in the congregation may stop coming. But good can from this…if we don’t let bitterness and resentment in.
The theme in this psalm of David’s is God alone. He didn’t let bitterness come from his shattered expectations. Instead he found hope in his Father. He realized that the only constant on this earth is God. Good people will hurt you and they will slip and sometimes they may never come back into God’s house again. This shouldn’t sway you either way; and, if it does, it is time to do some reconnecting with God the Father.
Read verses 1-2 and 5-8 out loud. Put the emphasis on every repetition of the words ‘God, He, and Him’. Can you hear it? See, because David poured out his heart to God, and he didn’t let it fester and build up, bitterness couldn’t take hold. He had a hope and a rest in God. In Hebrew, the word ‘hope’ means “a cord or an attachment.” Everyone is holding onto something, or someone, for security. Sometimes we hold onto a knotted rope and depend on whatever is on the other end to keep us from falling.
Picture that rope in your hands…
close your eyes and look up the rope…
who do you see on the other end?
Unless God is at the end of your rope, you’re about to fall…and you’re hanging on by a thread. God alone can hold us up. So the next time you allow someone to disappoint you, whisper two words to yourself—“God alone“. When you decide to let that person off the hook and let God alone hold the other end of your rope, you will attach yourself to God’s strong arm. He can hold you up over the deep and strong waves. You will be secure enough to let one arm go free to help the person that disappointed you along the way, until he or she gets back on their feet. And you will be able to say that it was worth all of the hard! For you will really have found that your strength can only be found in Him.
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Let us pray: Dear God, You are so great and You are fully able to do anything we ask or think according to Your will. I am in awe of You. Thank You for loving us so much and for sending Jesus to die in our place. Oh God, forgive us when we place people above You and expect them to fulfill us…for only You can satisfy our every need. Let us never forget that only You are perfect. Help us to keep our eyes on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.