“For David says of Him,
‘I saw the Lord continually before me,
Because He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue was overjoyed;
Moreover my flesh also will live in hope;
For You will not abandon my soul to Hades,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.’”
What were you afraid of as a child? For a child, a lot of things can be scary. The world is bigger than them and so much is unknown. Many children walk around brave and ready to take on the world until they see a thunderstorm or get lost in the store. It’s in those moments when they realize the magnitude or unknowns of a situation that leads them to fear. It is amazing, though, how a switch can flip when they face a fear with someone they trust and feel safe around: parents, guardians, older siblings, and so on. The world is still just as big and the circumstances are just as scary, but they can face the fear knowing someone is there to help them through.
As we get older, we don’t like to talk about our fear. We bury it deep, and it turns into anxious thoughts that we don’t want to share. We get overwhelmed like a child, because we know that so much is out of our control; but we forget our place of security in the Lord. Like a child knows to go to the adult when they are afraid, we need to know our refuge is in the Lord. There is so much that we can fear when we look at our circumstances. But when we look at Jesus, we can have hope and, even more so, have joy (v. 26).
Too often we allow our circumstances to dictate our view of God instead of allowing our view of God to dictate our view of our circumstances. We ask, “God, why would You do this?” instead of speaking the truth of His promises over our situation like David did in this passage. David’s trust in God went further than what He could see with his eyes. As a result, God used him to point to Jesus. All of us have challenging circumstances. The question is, will we take refuge in the One who gives us hope? Will we trust Him with the circumstances we face?
- List some of the characteristics of God. How are these things helpful in your circumstances?
- David knew God was His help in his struggles even though He did not physically see Jesus present with Him. How does this encourage you when you are feeling alone in your circumstances? What would it look like to hold on to the hope of Jesus like David?
- Pray and tell God exactly where you are with your circumstances: what is hard, what you are thinking through, what you are struggling with. Ask Him to remind you of the truth about Him so that His Truth can inform your circumstances.