Perhaps you’ve been able to discern from some of my postings that I have had my share of disappointment in recent years. I don’t begin to try to compare my struggles with another’s. As I allude to in “Be Still My Soul,” each of our situations is unique; and we all have our own crosses to bear. In turn, we have our moments of happiness. One day, I was reading Psalm 31. The words in this Psalm uttered my innermost feelings that day, that week, even that year. I had found a companion to my misery – so it appeared. Either I was with King David all those years ago or he’s here with me now.
As I was enjoying the company and wallowing in my woes, I read “… since you are my rock and my fortress.” No, wait a minute David, let’s commiserate some more. But then he said “… you are my refuge.” Now, David, let’s get back to the trap set before me. But then he had to go and say “but you have set my feet in a spacious place.” Well, David, how is this going to work out? – “But I trust in you …” David, come on, I sense the pressure you and I are both under – “save me in your unfailing love.” What about the conspiracy David? “In the shelter of your presence you hide [me] … for he showed his wonderful love to me …” Wait, I’m not sure I want to read this part, “Yet you heard my cry for mercy.” Desperately I tried to remain in my misery, but there continued to be hope. “How great is your goodness … you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.”
Ok – I give up. THERE IS HOPE!
“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24