Coping in Trouble Times
Psalm 54:1-7 “To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us? Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength. Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah. Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth. I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good. For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.”
David is putting to song how he handled a very difficult situation. He was fleeing from King Saul, and went to Judah, his own tribe, for shelter. But the people he trusted, turned on him, and they betrayed David to King Saul. You can read the story about the betrayal of the Ziphites in 1 Samuel 23.
So how did David handle this situation? First, David kept his focus on the Lord, not on his problems. He did what he had to do to survive, but he kept his eyes on God.
I think the vital step to keeping a right perspective, is keeping our eyes on God. Our troubles may seem big, but God is always bigger. Giants aren’t so big, when they stand next to God.
David remembers all the times that God has brought him through tough situations. He meditated on how he saw God move, and work out difficult circumstances in the past. That is the eye of faith.
David reminded himself that God is able, the Lord has brought him through every other trial, and if the Lord wills it, David will live to fight another day.
So, when troubles come, no matter where they come from, keep your eyes on God. Remembering how big God is, keeps a right perspective on how small, our troubles really are.
Then, rejoice in past deliverance, God has seen you through it all right up to now. He can do it again, and this too shall pass.