“For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.” Psalm 27:5
David here again is facing trouble. Again those who he trusted are against him. He was once a shepherd boy. Sought out by God’s prophet to be the next king of Israel. But all that seems centuries away. Now his anguish seems to never end. From one hiding place to another, one attack to another, his troubles keep going. It has become a part of him.
David’s faith never falters, however. One Psalm after another he pours his heart out to God knowing that his help comes from the Lord. He knows why his troubles are coming. He sinned, and these are his consequences. God could have left him, could have cursed him but He didn’t. He has shown David mercies anew. He has heard David’s cry every single time and protected him from his enemies. Although the trouble has been inevitable, God’s help has also been reliable. His enemies try to get to him, but he has been put out of reach on a high rock. Try as they may, they can’t touch him. “though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.”
So David continues to fight, continues to trust even when it seems unending.
When we start focusing on our troubles they tend to become bigger. They engulf us, sucking our breath. The finish line seems to get further with each step we take. For most of us our troubles don’t come in the form of a death sentence as David’s did, but they come killing our hopes, our faith, our dreams. We become a shell of who we once were. So how was David able to keep standing firm on the Rock?
Because his focus was on God’s strength not his own. David focused on past miracles, not the ones to come. So we can too. If we focus on past blessings, on who God is, God becomes greater than anything or anyone coming against us. God said in His word He would protect us and He always has. Why would He stop now?
“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”
Prayer: God, thank you for Your protection even when I can’t see. Thank you for protecting me from troubles I caused myself. Thank you for setting me on a high rock, away from my enemies. Help me trust in You above all that’s going on around me Lord. Amen.”