How do you pray when life seems unbearable? Or do you?
We all know David’s life was hard. I mean, he lived for years in caves, hiding from Saul who pursued him relentlessly in order to kill him. David never knew who he could trust. He was alone and tired, frustrated and discouraged. In 57:4 he describes his life like this:
I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts — men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.
But then, in the very next verse David says these words:
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
Is that your experience? Or on those days when you feel like you’re lying among ravenous beasts, do you stop praying and just focus on the beasts? Do you sit in your cave and feel sorry for yourself? Do you watch other people who don’t have your problems and ask yourself, “Why me?”
Why not take a suggestion from David’s example?
When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? (56:3-4)
O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. (59:17)
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. (57:10)
You may be in the pit of despair, but God is worthy of praise. Praise Him! You might feel like there is no hope, but God is our hope. Praise Him! You might think you are alone, but God promises to never leave or forsake His children. Praise Him!
Praise Him just because He is, and He deserves it. Then trust Him with the details of your life.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth!