There are times when life becomes downright intimidating. We experience seasons of great disillusionment, discouragement and even despair because of many of the situations that are normal to life. Any given day can present us with new challenges in the realm of our health, finances, relationships and unmet expectations. None of God’s people are exempt from knowing difficulty as we journey through this broken world in these sinful, mortal bodies. Together, we experience trials that are untimely, uncomfortable, unwanted, unpredictable, undiscernable, uncontrollable, unprovoked, and seemingly unbearable. What are we to do? How are we to cope?
May I suggest that when life bears down with all of its unforgiving pressure that you find a cave and get in it. Now, before you think me to be harsh, let’s be reminded that that is specifically what David did on a number of occasions. There were times when David was being pursued by King Saul (I Samuel 22-24) and feared for his very life. It was in the caves of Adullam and En Gedi that David found refuge. David knew he served a great God but was experiencing some great difficulties as King Saul was bearing down on him, with the purpose of destroying his life.
The first two verses of Psalm 57 offer us incredible insight into the very heart and mind of David as he crouched in the shadow of a cave, crying out to God.
“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. I will cry unto God most High; unto God that performeth all things for me.”
Even as David was hiding in the shadow of the cave, he was, more importantly, hiding in the shadow of God’s wings. What a beautiful, poetic picture of God’s care for His children in their times of great distress. Imagine, the very presence of God was to be found in a darkened cave in the Judean wilderness. David’s experience teaches us how we can trust God in the midst of personal tragedy. David is able to experience comfort in the presence of God because he had
expressed confidence in the person of God. Notice how verse seven depicts David’s confidence in God, in spite of the uncertainty of life’s events.
“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”
It has been said that when life becomes bizarre, only one’s relationship with God calms the soul. My friend, unfortunately, we won’t escape some of the common trials of this life, but when they come, we can certainly flee to the caves of God’s merciful presence and there hide ourselves in His comforting embrace.
Post by: Keith McMahon, Assistant Campus Pastor, Faculty
This article appears in the July/August 2011 Open Bible Bulletin.