When you read the psalms, most written by David, you see a range of emotions. Highs and lows. Depths and lower depths. Mountain tops and valleys. Real pain. Human emotion. Victory. Triumph. Despair. Faith in God. Belief in His power. Sometimes the highs and lows came within the very same Psalm.
You might look at David and think “was this guy bipolar?”
I’m sure the same could be asked of me. Up, down. High, low. Victory, defeat. The pit, the mountain.
I wonder if David’s friends heard his songs and said “David you’re so negative!” “David why do you see yourself as a victim?” “David what’s your deal?”
But God was with him….even in his emotional and spiritual highs and lows. David was even called the apple of God’s eye.
Now I’m not for a second thinking I’m on the same plane as David. And yet, I am a daughter of the King.
- Do My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught, My heart is in anguish within me? (PSALM 55) Yes.
- Does God Lift me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire? (PSALM 40) Yes.
- Does My heart pound, my strength fail me; even the light has gone from my eyes? (PSALM 38) Yes.
- Is The Lord my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold? (PSALM 18) Yes.
- Is My spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate? (PSALM 143) Yes.
- Can I Praise the LORD, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name? (PSALM 103) Yes.
The examples could go on and on.
- IS GOD THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN HANDLE THESE EXTREMES AND ALL THAT LIES IN BETWEEN? YES.
I’m so thankful the Lord gave us the example of David in the bible. He shows us that two things can be true at once: I can be troubled and still trust the Lord. I can feel like my life is in a pit and still believe in God’s deliverance. I don’t have to have it all figured out at once. And I can turn to God, even when I can turn to no one else, with my raw emotion and gut wrenching despair. And yet I can also turn to Him with praise and victory.
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