Ps. 56: 1 O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long.
2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me.
3 But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
4 I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
David, to save his life, ran from King Saul who was trying to kill him. But, in his attempt to flee one danger, he ran straight into another. He went to the land of the Philistines but was recognized as the great Israeli commander and now was in peril from the King of the Philistines.
What does David do? Does he whine about how unfair the situation is? Does he complain about Saul who was the cause of his trouble? Does he beat himself up for making a poor decision? No, David turns to the Lord. In his time of panic and fear, David found courage in trusting God to do what he could not do. His human power and ingenuity had put him in more trouble. Now he began to remember who God was and that helped him put the whole situation in perspective.
In these trying days of social distancing and fear of a pandemic, we, too, need to focus on the Lord. While it is prudent to follow medical advice and governmental policies, continue to focus on God and seek His wisdom. He can take what we consider a bad situation and use it for good. As we shelter in place, we have fewer distractions. There are no sporting events or other recreational activities. We can focus on family relationships and more importantly our relationship with God. Use this time to pray, read God’s Word, and meditate. Take advantage of the many teachings available online now that churches are using the internet for services.
To hear more of David’s story, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/david-and-his-songs-the-early-years/keep-your-eyes-on-the-lord