This Psalm will be a great encouragement to any person who finds themselves in tough situations in their lives. Which plainly means that this can be an encouragement to everyone, including you. We all go through times that are difficult. In those times we may even find ourselves with a lack of understanding and an inability to explain why. I hope that you are encouraged to see that this Psalm is linked to a time when David was in a tough situation, as he was on the run.
Verses 1 and 5-7 describes the struggle. This is the part that is the most relatable because if we are honest, this is what we do the most. We cry out to God with our problem or situation. This in itself is not a bad thing. But how often do we simply do this because we are selfish and we want life to be easier? It is as if we view God as our own personal genie.
However, when we look at verses 2-4 and 8-13 we see what it looks like to take these requests to God properly. This Psalm starts out as a lament but is quickly seen as a Psalm of thanksgiving and gratitude to God. Instead of just addressing the issues in our life because we want it fixed, we should follow this example. We as believers should remember who we are trusting in with our requests and why.
Verse 8 is a key verse here. “You have kept count of my tossings, put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” God knows and has been through it all with us. He is not going to decide to leave us. We can remember and trust that He always has our best interest in mind. When we remember how God has always worked in our lives in the past we will have hope in Him always being there in the present and future.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate