There are few things in life that are certain. One thing we can count on with certainty is that God is with us always and He always answers us when we call. Sometimes His answer is no or wait, but He never ignores us. Psalm 120:1 says, I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Our comfort comes from knowing God is always with us. When we feel the most alone, it is comforting to know God is there.
With God we can do anything. God’s strength is more powerful than anything put up against us. In Psalm 108:13, David ends the Psalm by saying, With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. The beauty of David’s request is not that he asked for rescue, he asked for victory. With God’s help we can claim more than simple survival, we can claim victory! Let us all look for ways to turn our troubles into powerful opportunities to show God’s love and strength in our lives.
When we trust in our Almighty God, we can rest in the fact that He can carry us through any danger or fear in our lives. In Psalm 91:1 the author says, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This is a prefect picture of what our trust should look like. When we stay within God’s protection, which can only come from a true relationship with Him, His will deliver us no matter what may come in our path.
Most people look for comfort from other imperfect people, but God is the best source of comfort we can ask for. Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Ultimately, God is the one who loves us more than anyone ever will. He knows our every struggle and our every need and He is faithful to us implicitly.
The author in today’s reading not only recognized God’s authority, but he also recognized God’s protection and refuge we can only find in Him. Psalm 84:1 says, How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! When we are with God, the rest of the world fades away. We can find peace and feel God’s comforting presence when we focus on Him.
The author in today’s reading in Psalm asks a beautifully rhetorical question in Psalm 77:13 Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? In the time when this Psalm was written, and no less so today, there were and are many things placed in higher regard than our God. But there is nothing greater or more important to our lives than our Almighty God. Take some time to try to find anything more steadfast or true… you won’t find anything. Not our friends, not our family, or organizations; nothing.
Psalm 74 was believed to be written by Asaph who was a leader of one of the temple choirs or one of his descendants since it was most likely written after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. In this Psalm, the author pleads for God’s help to defend the people from the enemy. This is a great example for us to know it is ok for us to plead to God for help and to know He hears us. Psalm 74:12 says, But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth. Trust in God and know He hears our requests. He will answer in His timing and according to His will.
When David was hiding in the desert from his enemies, he longed for a friend he could trust. He found that trustworthy friend in his relationship with God. In Psalm 63:1 David says, O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in the dry and weary land where there is no water. When we find ourselves feeling all alone, remember God is always with us and will never leave us alone. May we always thirst for God as intensely as David did when he was all alone in the desert.
When we face trouble, we may be able to find shelter and rest in other distractions, but God is the only place we find eternal peace if we look to Him and trust in His perfect plan. David recognized this in Psalm 62:2, He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. There is no doubt about who alone David felt was his protector. Let this be an example to us when we face trouble. God will never leave us. We may lose focus on Him, but He will never lose focus on us.
David was one of the most capable men in the Bible. He was known as a man after God’s own heart. And no one knew more about needing God’s protection, comfort, and love than David. In Psalm 61:1 David calls out to God, Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. David did not ask this out of doubt, but out of confidence that God would always be with him. Let us use the example David has set before us and remember God’s infinite love and desire to always be with us.