But I trust in you, Lord;Psalm 31:14-16 NIV
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.
How do you respond when your world is falling apart? When you are being attacked from all sides, and it’s hard to find the silver lining? This seems to be David’s condition as he composed this Psalm. And this condition is not unique to David. I suspect most people experience trouble at some time in their lives.
David’s response is instructive. Rather than wallow in despair and self-pity, he chose to trust in the Lord. While his prayer included a request for deliverance, he trusted the timing of that deliverance to God. David was convinced of God’s love for him and that he would deliver him from his oppressors.
It is often tempting to take matters into our own hands and seek a way out of our difficult circumstances. That is not to say you should just sit back and do nothing. But it does mean that we should trust that God will deliver; and do so in his perfect time. He knows what I am going through. And he knows how best to see me through it, helping me to grow in the process. Trust in him. That can be very hard to do sometimes. But he loves you more than you can know.