Sometimes we can feel like everything is going wrong, or nothing is working out, or our plans and hopes will not come to pass, or our service to the Lord is not being blessed. We may be being chased down by physical enemies or spiritual enemies in this life, but we always have God covering our back. Unfortunately the circumstances can wear on our emotions. Our heart becomes saddened and we might even become angry at God. We just cannot understand what is going on. We may even say, “Why isn’t God helping us?”
David had many bad things happen to him during his life. When he wrote Psalm 63 he was on the run from King Saul and was hiding in the desert/wilderness. What a difficult place to be. He was in an ugly and uncomfortable environment. He, his men and their families were at risk of death from Saul or lack of supplies. They were tired and probably could have begun feeling that being faithful to God had not been worth it. After all they could have eliminated King Saul and taken over the throne back when they were holding Saul’s own spear and were standing over him while he slept or when Saul had come in to the cave and they were hiding in the back of it. Yet David did not raise up his hand against the King and honored God. Read what David wrote in Psalm 63: 9-11,
“9 But those who seek my life, to destroy it, Shall go into the lower parts of the earth. 10 They shall fall by the sword; They shall be a portion for jackals. 11 But the king shall rejoice in God; Everyone who swears by Him shall glory; But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.”
All throughout David’s life we see an underlying theme. David trusted in the Lord to take care of situations like he was in over and over again. He was in the habit of trusting the Lord. He trusted God so much that he didn’t even worry about if God took care of the person in this life or after the person had died. Yes, as you can see by his writing, he hoped God would take care of his enemy now, but he also wrote about the person going down to the lower parts of the earth. He knew God would be the person’s judge and would take care of it. He knew one way or another that God will stop the mouths of the ones who lie. He also stated, “Everyone who swears by Him shall glory.” What an interesting perspective. Here David is in a bad situation and he knows that if he trusts in God that he shall still receive glory. In other words, God will honor us for our faithfulness, whether it is now or in our life to come. Our problem is that we just naturally want to receive physical blessings now or see our enemies taken care of now. We have to accept that the physical blessings might not happen right now. Just like when a parent knows when to reward their child for their behavior, we have to trust that God will reward us when the time is right.
It just makes common sense to be in the habit of trusting the Lord. Remember trust the Lord no matter what is going on in your life.