But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid! Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen! I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! Psalms 22:19-23
David was being hunted. The future king of Israel is living in caves and yet he still thanks the Lord for his deliverance. What happens when hard times strikes. I know I have questioned God. Why is this happening? What did I do to deserve this? God, how can you do this to me? How can you allow this?
We are so quick to blame God when most of the times what is happening to us is due to our own decisions. Yet rather than take responsibility we want to blame. Rather than seek forgiveness for our sins we want God to make it all right and for Him to ignore the sin. Sometimes we are so caught up in the situation we forget to turn to God. This is something I am particularly guilty of. I find it easy to praise God when things are going well. It is not so easy for me when things are tough.
Yet we are constantly reminder to praise God under all circumstances. Here we see David doing just that. I am reminder of the Casting Crowns song, “Praise You in the Storm.” Sometimes the storms come to strengthen us. Other times the storms come to show us who we need to turn to. If we turn to God He will get us through the biggest storm and we will be better for the journey.
Have a blessed day,