We don’t know for certain all the problems that were disturbing the people involved in this message. We do know that life appeared to be very difficult for them. It appears that they didn’t know which way to turn, but David was willing to try and give them an answer to their problems. He told them that no matter how difficult things were, they did have someone to turn to who understood what they were facing. He told them that God our Heavenly Father was there to be their guide and strength if only they would call on Him.
This is a very short Psalm, only 8 verses, but it has a very strong message for us today as it did for those people back then. The first five verses speak to their problems, while the last three speak of a comforter – God – who will always be with them during their time of need. Although this Psalm was written a long time ago, its message is relevant to us today.
We are living in difficult times. We have wars, lawlessness and discouragement facing us. We have people forsaking God and seeking to have His Name wiped from our vocabulary. Although it appears they are succeeding, don’t believe it. We have the very same option that the people back then had. We need to call on our Heavenly Father to comfort and guide us through these difficult times. God does hear and answers prayers. He sent His Son Jesus to Show us the way to cope with our problems.
Verses 6-8 tell us what we should do: Call on God to be our guide and strength during these times. We need to follow the teachings of Jesus and we will find the leadership to cope with all our problems.
God will always be with us. He made that promise to us in Hebrews 13:5 when He said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” This is His promise to us today, tomorrow and forever.
- Henry Fleming, Sr.
Gilmanton Community Church and their pastor Christopher Stevens
Goffstown Christian Fellowship and their pastor Ed Young
Goshen Community Church and their pastor Ed Condict