Synopsis Psalms 54:5-55:24 10/15/2021
King David asked God to help him with grief and trauma. At this point in his life, he reported feelings of anxiety because he was overwhelmed with adversity.
So, he asked God to stop the violent men who opposed him. He especially felt discouraged because his adversary was formerly a close friend.
In the end, David encouraged himself by recounting God’s faithfulness, even though he doubted his adversaries would ever repent.
David was a king over ancient Israel. Despite the fact that he was the most successful and faithful of all the Israelite kings, he suffered the affliction of all kings. He felt uncertainty. Specifically, because he was so powerful, he could never completely trust in the intentions of other men.
Uncertainty produces anxiety. At least it does when I’m not looking to God to provide for me needs and help me solve my problems.
So, perhaps a better distinction is to point out that uncertainty produces anxiety if I won’t let go of my own agenda.
However, if I trust whatever comes as though it comes from the very hand of God, then uncertainty is just an opportunity to see a miracle.
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7