David continues expressing his faith in God’s ability to keep him going as he copes with the backlash that came after his insistence on an unlawful census; one that brought death and destruction to his people, including members of his own family. It weakened him politically; depleted his health, and made him so vulnerable that his eldest son, Adonijah, tried to take the throne away from Solomon, David’s intended heir. But through it all David vowed to rely on God for the answer. He knew that the important things God placed in his life would be protected by His heavenly Father. He believed that God did not chose his destiny without the commitment of helping him make it there.

It was I who came running to you, O LORD Eternal; so don’t let me end up regretting my choice. And since You are so renown for being fair-minded, please advise me and help me find a way out of this mess; You’re the only one who can do what’s needed to rescue me. Also provide a safe sanctuary for me in a place where the enemy cannot reach me; proving that You are my lofty rock and high fortress for safety. O my One True God, all I want is to get beyond the reach of those who want to harm me because they are evil-minded, unjust and cruel in their intentions. From my youngest days You have been my sure and blessed hope, O my Lord Divine, my LORD God; yes, from infancy You had Your hand on me. And because You are the reason I was born, I will always lift You up in praise. And because You chose me, I have become an example to others as they see how much I trust in You. That’s why I can’t stop praising You for being so marvelous and wonderful. So now that I’m old, don’t throw me away and walk off and leave me because I’m of no further use to You. For I know that although You’ve allowed me to go through many difficult times, You’ll get me back on my feet once I’m out of this mess. I’ll still have a good reputation because You stood with me. Then I’ll worship You with music to tell how dependable You are, O One True God, yes, I’ll praise You loudly in song, O Holy One of Israel, because You restored me. Everyone will hear me constantly testify about how you were so caring and forgiving; and how You caused those who opposed me to be humiliated and lose their sarcastic grins.” Psalm 71:1-9, 20-24

Reflection: Someyears ago a patient undergoing chemotherapy for cancer anonymously wrote these words about their struggle against this killer disease: “Cancer is so limited…It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot destroy peace. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot suppress memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot invade the soul. It cannot steal eternal life. It cannot conquer the spirit.” This statement now hangs on the walls of many hospitals, hospices, clinics, and lodges where cancer patients stay while undergoing treatment. It serves as an expression of encouragement for people to continue battling this monster; not to simply give in and let it win without a fight. David saw his struggle in much the same way. He refused to lie down and let these ingrates do as they pleased just because of a momentary failure. David knew he did not walk alone; his God walked with him, through every valley and over each mountain; through every river and over every fiery coal. God simply refused to let David suffer alone. As long as you hold on to His unchanging love He will do the same for you. People and circumstances may deny you many things, but there is nothing in this world that can separate you from God’s undying love.

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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