Have you ever had dealings with someone who just seemed to do whatever they wanted to people without any consequences? Perhaps the person had authority or position that afforded them protection. Or perhaps they were simply the kind of person that no one wanted to go toe-to-toe with. Or perhaps they were the kind of person who got their hands on personal information and then used that as leverage. Whatever the protection they have, there are some people who seem to be able to treat others in any malicious way they want, and nothing seems to be done about it.
As I read these Psalms, that is the situation that came to mind. David was in conflict with people (Saul among others) who seemed to have all of the chits, and he had none. His only recourse was to cry out to God for deliverance and rescue.
The only things that kept David going in these situations were two pieces of information:
- God is a strong Saviour who is a shield for those who call on his name
- God upholds the cause of the poor and the needy
Having faith in those things is what kept David moving. It would seem that those would be pretty easy things to maintain faith in, but with the way I’ve seen a lot of people handle difficulty in their lives, I would say our faith in those two things need to be strengthened.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Samuel 25-27