Help me, O LORD my God! Save me because of your unfailing love. – Psalm 109:26
Have you ever felt like everyone and everything was against you? Have you ever felt all alone in the world? I was recently reading Psalm 109 and I believe that is how David felt when he wrote these words.
Earlier in the Psalm, David says things like, “They surround me with hateful words and fight against me for no reason.” (V 3) and “I am a joke to people everywhere; when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn.” (V 25)
Reading about David’s life, we do know he faced a lot of enemies. From Saul to his own son, there were different people who tried to harm David. We might not have it as bad as David did, but some days we will feel like we have enemies galore. The truth is that as Christians, we are guaranteed to have controversy in this world. And perhaps at times it is a good thing that we do not fit in with the crowd. However, I know that in the painful moments when we are mocked, it doesn’t feel like a good thing.
But even though we will face difficulties, we also are guaranteed to have Jesus. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
When we read about Jesus’ life, He too had trials and sorrows. So if Jesus had to face controversy, wouldn’t we have to as well? But Jesus gave us an amazing promise. He has overcome the world. We have nothing to fear, because in the end, Jesus is victor over everything we face.
Jesus and David both set great examples for us because time and time again, we can see how they relied on God. If you are facing a trial, cry out to God for help. Trust fully in the Lord’s unfailing love. No matter what we are facing, may we never let go of the Lord. And may we hold onto hope, knowing that we have Jesus and Jesus has overcome the world.
© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas