FRIDAY, JULY 6
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 28
Sometimes when we think of the great heroes of the Old Testament, we are tempted to think everything always went great for them. But that is seldom the case. In fact, it may never be the case. If you stop and think about it you will discover that undoubtedly all of the great heroes of the Old Testament faced difficult times.
By the way, the same can be said of almost all the heroes of the New Testament. They had difficult times and many of them died the death of a martyr.
Of course, the greatest hero of the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament alike, faced incredibly difficult times. Jesus was mistreated, lied about, rejected, falsely accused, beaten, whipped, and crucified.
As this particular Psalm opens, David is facing one of those difficult times. It seems to him that God has quit listening. In verse one, he calls out. In verse 2, he cries out which indicates desperation. But for reasons only He understands God was temporarily silent. It has often been said that God’s delays are not God’s denials. It is just sometimes God delays His response to us and that delay is often interpreted by us as deafening silence.
David knew that if the relationship between Him and God was broken, he would be like those who are dragged into the pit or into Sheol. The good news is once a personal relationship with God is established, it can never be broken.
When we get to verse 6, things are changing dramatically. David is worshipping God. And David confesses that he knows that God has heard his pleas. The relationship is not broken at all. But instead the delayed response will actually strengthen the relationship.
In verse 7, David’s worship becomes unadulterated praise. He knows the source of his strength. He knows the source of his protection. He knows the source of his help.
In verse 8, it seems that the object of the Psalm is no longer David but the Jewish people. This is an interesting turn and it is incredibly important. Any time we have an encounter with God, the benefits of that encounter are not just for us as individuals. They are also for those around us.
So, David knows that God is not just his strength but He is also the strength of the nation. He is the safe place for all of God’s people. And He is the source of their provision. The chapter ends with a wonderful picture of God as Shepherd caring the people of Israel as a lamb.
We must always remember that God is always faithful. He will do what He has said He will do. But we must not forget that He operates on His timetable not ours. Because He sees the ending of a thing before its beginning we need to learn to trust His timing. And we need to wait on His voice. He will not forsake those who are in relationship with Him. He will continue to be our protection, our provision, our safe place.