Many of you know the story of King David. He was anointed King of Israel at a very young age by the prophet Samuel. He slew a giant when the entire army of Israel stood trembling in their boots! He then became a national hero. All the people loved David. But he wasn't king. Saul was king and he became jealous of David. So jealous, in fact, that he sought to kill David. For years and years he chased David around Israel and beyond, sending his entire army out to get the young man who would be king.
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Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted, Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble upon me. And in anger they bear a grudge against me. My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me. Psalm 55:1-5
Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; Fighting all day he oppresses me. My enemies would hound me all day, For there are many who fight against me, O Most High. Psalm 56
Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; Defend me from those who rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, And save me from bloodthirsty men. For look, they lie in wait for my life; The mighty gather against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord. They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine. Awake to help me, and behold! You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to punish all the nations; Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors Psalm 59: 1-5
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You. Psalm 55:22-23
For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living? Psalm 56:13
But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy. Psalm 59:16-17
Had David's situation changed by the end of the Psalm? NO. Then how could he possibly be able to praise God? How could he say things like "You are my defense, You are my strength. You have delivered me?" Because David knew a secret. David knew that God's Word was true and in times of trouble, he remembered God's Word.
s the most important thing you can do. Read the Psalms outloud and join in David's prayer, head over to the Gospel of John and read about Jesus's love for you. And then pray. Pray your heart out and then trust God to come through for you. He will. Eventually He will, just like He did for David.