Sometimes, when we sit and dwell on our particular circumstances in life, it is easy to get discouraged. If we dwell further still we can begin the descent into outright depression… asking the question “Why me?”. Once that occurs it is a sure sign that we have gotten our eyes off of the Lord and onto our problems – and we inevitably sink just like Peter the Rock (pun intended).

As we read through the early life of a small shepherd boy named David – we see a young man who found himself in a situation he did not create – yet instead of despair, he chose faith. To be honest, Scripture describes David as a ruddy boy, perfectly content to lead the sheep in the wilderness alone while his older brothers handled the public life. But God had much bigger plans for David.

Before long, due to circumstances beyond his control, young David finds himself dodging spears and then being hunted by the insanely jealous King Saul. Forced to flee his home and friends, David faces difficulty after difficulty as Satan pursues him as a beloved of the Lord.

I’m sure there were times during this stretch of his life that David felt frustration. I’m sure there were moments when he just threw up his hands in desperation. I’m positive there were those days alone in the caves where David pondered that age-old question, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’. Perhaps David even let out the typical ‘It’s not fair’ complaint.

In fact – we know David felt this way because David was a musician… a writer of poems and songs. A major collection of those writings of David are found in the book of Psalms, and it was during these days on the run when David wrote some of his famous psalms.

For example:

      1. David wrote Psalm 59 after Saul sent men to catch him at his own home to kill him – saved only by the help of his wife. (1 Sam 19).
      2. He wrote Psalm 52 after Doeg, the Edomite, came and told Saul that David stopped at the home of Ahimilech, the priest, for help. (1 Sam 21).
      3. Psalm 54 was written after the Ziphites betrayed David’s hiding place to Saul – even after he and his men had protected them. (1 Sam 23).
      4. David wrote Psalm 56 during the time he was forced to play insane for the Philistine king of Gath in order to save his life. (1 Sam 21).
      5. As well, he wrote Psalm 57 after forced to flee from Saul and hide in caves in 1 Sam 24.

If anyone had reason to get bitter and angry – or even to slip into depression and just give up – it was David during this time. To say that he was treated poorly and unfairly is to understate the situation. Yet, if you take a moment to read the songs David wrote – they all reflect a posture of hope and faith.

Because that is what men of God speak… not doubt and despair – but hope and faith that in the end, despite the situation, God will work things out and he will end up on top.

 

What a great example young David has left us!

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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