Trusting in the Darkest

Handwritten page from the book of Psalms chapter 2 verse 9 through chapter 5 verse 7.
Psa 2:9-5:7

Synopsis     Psalms 2:9-5:7     8/12/2021 

During Absalom’s attempted coup, David wrote psalm three. At that time, King David fled Jerusalem along with the rest of his family. And so, in the midst of his distress, the king cried out to God. 

As he did, he worked through the stress by reminding himself of God’s faithfulness.  

Using a similar tone, David wrote psalm four to encourage the people to trust in God.  

Trusting In The Darkest 

Strangely, I “wake up” to God most fervently when the things in my life aren’t going well.  As a result, there’s a temptation to keep living my life as I have, wait for a crises, and then call on Jesus to help out.  

Unfortunately, this is the recipe for a ton of unnecessary drama and suffering. Eventually, living this way brings sadness and enormous regret. 

But there’s an alternative. Instead of contenting myself with the knowledge that God will deliver me out of crises, I can change my goals.  

Being conformed to Christ means striving for the highest possibility of my life. But, because I am not perfect, I quickly come to realize that the work is not done. I have nothing to be content about.  

Once I realize two things, it’s harder to lose focus. First, my heart is not naturally attentive to God – it must be led or it will lead me astray.  

Second, we live in a world that is desperate for the things that only God can give it.  

I have a role to play in solving both of these problems. 

“What then shall we say? Shall we persist in sin that grace may abound? Of course not!” Rom 6:1 

August 17, 2021

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