Read Psalm 31 – Beloved, I cannot begin to tell you what a strength this psalm has been to me. I was in a season of trial a few years back. It was a time so heavy from many directions that I did not know how I would survive. It was a time of my deepest despair. Can you recall a time like this? If not, be ready. Trials come upon all of us.
God knows there is something about seeing the perseverance of another and the faithfulness of the LORD that gives us strength. David cries out, “Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.”
This is a season, and David graphically pours it out to the LORD… sometimes we need to get it all out. And then we see a shift beginning in verse :14, and these are the words that I hold close in my heart:
“But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.” :14-16
And from there, beginning in verse :19 David can’t stop talking about the goodness of God. When you feel yourself sinking, try shifting your focus from your troubles to the goodness of God, who he is, past answered prayers, his love, glory, faithfulness and so on.
David closes with a call to action, “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” :24