Hope In The Lord
“I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.”
Psalms 28:1-2 NLT
Once again, David cries out in distress to God. A look at the life of David (1 and 2 Samuel of the Old Testament) will reveal the adversity that he faced and the sin that brought devastating consequences to his life. David was anointed to be the future King of Israel (I Samuel 16). David was the giant killer (Goliath - I Samuel 17). In I Samuel 18 Saul, the current king, became jealous. In Chapter 19, Saul tries to kill David. This saga continues on for several chapters. He finds himself at war with the Philistines and the Amalekites. At one point (I Samuel 30) his own men were ready to stone him for having their wives and children captured in an Amalekite raid. At the end of I Samuel (chapter 31), Saul, the current king, dies. In 2 Samuel 2, David officially becomes the king of Judah. In chapter 5, he officially becomes the king of all Israel. The story goes on to describe David's moving of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, his fighting the Ammonites, his kindness to Mephibosheth (Sauls grandson), his adulterous affair with Bathsheba, his fighting against his own son Absalom, and eventually his death. David's life was filled with adversity. His relationship with God is what sustained him. Have you ever been there? Are you there right now? Do you feel like you're drowning in the circumstances of your life? Desperation can certainly make us feel hopeless. Where do we turn? What do we do? Are there any solutions to the problems? All of these questions plague our minds in moments of despair. The only hope we have is in the Lord!!! Nowhere else can we find the strength to carry on and the hope of deliverance. What is life, if there is no hope? The good news is the hope that God gives us. Without Him, life would be pointless and worthless. As Solomon called it, vanity (see Ecclesiastes). The hope for living this life is found in the very ONE who gave us life, Jesus!!!
Whatever you may be facing today, keep walking and keep trusting. Give your cares to God. He is there!! He cares! He will be faithful to you if you will simply trust your life into His hands.
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Rev. Curtis Norris