You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory.
Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.
I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You. On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night.
Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings. I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63: 1-8)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. (Matthew 5: 6)
If ever there was a model for being in the pickle of pickles, it was David on the run. Saul was trying to kill him. His son Absolom had plotted and betrayed him in order to boot him off of the throne and take over. In the midst of all his own troubles, he was responsible for his band of followers. He had no pillow on which to lay his head except some stone in a cave he’d found. David knew something about adversity. I know you do, too.
While David (like you and me) made some big mistakes in his life, his attitudinal choices (most of the time) when he was in this life-threatening dilemma serve as models to us when we’re trapped in situations in which we’re scratching our heads and wringing our hands.
- David had “gnawing hunger,” and he recognized that his hunger was really for God. When David was in an endurance trial in which he could die at any minute, he had plenty of honest-to-goodness needs. However, he was wise enough to recognize that his real need was to be intimate with the only One Who could save him.
- He meditated on God instead of his problems. I’m guessing it wasn’t easy to get a good night’s rest when David’s whole world had crumbled around him. However, instead of staying awake ruminating about all his difficulties, David chose to turn over and over in his mind – GOD. He mentally rehearsed Who his God was to him. He thought about God’s power, not his own. He rested in the knowledge that God was in control.
- David chose to praise the Lord, no matter what. Do you notice how often the word “will” is in David’s words? When he used it, he wasn’t just making some prediction about the future. He was making a firm statement about his choices. No matter what emotions I fight, despite how it looks humanly, I WILL praise You, Lord!
- He chose to cling to God. And David wasn’t the only one holding on! God was right there, His powerful right hand sustaining David through the human hades he was experiencing. David knew he would never be able to make it through this on his own. The sooner we figure that one out, too, the more victorious our lives will be.
You can’t help much of the adversity that strikes. However, you do have choices about how you will respond. As I meditate on David’s choices this morning, I’m redoubling my commitment to handle difficulties by singing and clinging! You?
Lord, I choose to keep You front and center in the intentional thoughts of my heart and mind. You are bigger than anything facing me, and You Love me more than I could ever fathom. My problems are Your problems, too, for we are in covenant. I meditate on all You are within me, and I rest in You