Caught between a Rock and a Hard Place?
by Andy Cokayne 18 September 2022
I wonder how many of us have ever felt that we have been caught between a rock and a hard place?
David wrote this Psalm when he felt in just such a place. He had been anointed by Samuel as king, but had not been crowned king. The king of the time, Saul, was bent on David's destruction, after all he was the king. But Saul had turned his back on God, and so God had instructed Samuel to anoint David, as the true king. As a consequence David was not safe in his own home. Surrounded by threats on his life, David did not seek a Safe House or a military stronghold, but a Safe Person. In verses 1 and 2 David pleads for Gods protection, "Deliver me from my enemies, O God; protect me from those who rise up against me." And in verse 17 David is able to sing of Gods response, "O my strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God." When David, openly and honestly, presents his request to God, God is so willing to meet him where he is, and so David's faith in God leads him from pleading to praise.
Wow! To know that God is our help and strength, when we call out to him, what a comfort, and what a privilege, to know that he hears and responds, in his time.
So when we feel that we are caught in an impossible situation, and cannot think of which way to turn, remember that other people of God have been there before us, and like David, God has led them through. When we read the story's of David he felt like this many times, but each time God led him through, and even when he became king, he still leaned on his God to get him through. So should we. David found his God totally reliable. So will we.
Song : Casting Crowns - God of all my days
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Prayer : Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31 v6).