Friday, September 30, 2016

Perspective in Pain

                   Perspective in Pain

                                   Psalm 55:4a
                      My heart is sore pained within me:

The story behind David’s heartache is found in I Samuel 13-18. Absalom, King David’s son, was overwhelmed by the pain and sorrow his half-brother, Amnon caused, when he took advantage of his sister, Tamar. In Absalom’s bitterness and grief, he plotted to kill Amnon. The sinful actions of Absalom continued to escalate into greater realms of bold defiance and revenge against his father––leading to his untimely death.

Though Ahithophel and Absalom appeared to have the upper hand in making David’s life hard, God is still in control. Things looked difficult for David, but through this troublesome time he learned to have a deeper trust in God. Trials and suffering should not drive us from God but to Him and His Word. The most valuable way we profit from adversity is in the deepening of our relationship with God. Through trouble we learn to trust in His ways, and to acquaint ourselves with the comfort of His love. David committed the matter totally to God and used his circumstances as a springboard for richer fellowship with God. That may not always be easy to do, but the benefits are eternal!

David expresses the anguish he felt in the disloyalty of a friend as he pours out his heart to the Lord. “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:  But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company” (Psalm 55:12-14). Though David is in deep despair, he communicates his confidence by saying, “cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee. David’s heart was expressing that the Lord would uphold him in all the struggles of life including great loss through betrayal.

Lord, You are my Burden Bearer, “I will trust in You” (Psalm 55:23b).

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