David rose and fled that day from Saul… 1 Samuel 21:10
What would you do if your best friend’s dad was trying to kill you? I’ve never been in that situation (Don Crum likes me, at least I’d like to think so). David, on the other hand, was in the thick of what must have been significant emotional turmoil. This was Jonathan’s dad. This was his king! Instead of enjoying his company, he was on the run from his sword.
It gets worse: Doeg the Edomite sold David out and killed many priests.
So once again, what would you do in a situation that firmly presses your back against the wall? I’d hope to do what David did: pray and worship. That’s why Psalm 52 was written. It was David’s response to this awful moment in his life. He sought God. He was honest about his enemies and their perceived intentions. He grasped hold of the promises of God, rooted in the character of God (read verses 8-9 slowly again).
The Lord brought this scripture to mind as I read this chapter today. It is one that has offered me much encouragement in my walk with Christ: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:22-25
Here’s our reflection question for today: what verse/chapter of scripture do you run to in the midst of adversity? Share it in the comments section below as an encouragement to one another.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor