Fear can be debilitating. David was encompassed by his enemies and feared them. He wanted it to stop. If he could, he would have fled the situation. But he could not.
Psalm 55:1-7 explains David’s condition. David goes to God for relief.
“Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.”
David’s condition is not so far removed from the plight of many Christians today. We are surrounded by wickedness, enemies, and evil doers. We pine away. We want our suffering to end.
Then we question God. Where are you in our time of need? Does God care?
Although David was in despair, he did not forsake God.
On Thursday we will find out more about David’s prayer to God and about his enemies.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001