7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. (Psalm 139:7-10 NIV)
David experienced so many troubles and trials throughout his life. Troubles caused by his own foolish decisions, troubles caused by the foolishness decisions of others, as well as the heartaches of life for which there is really no explanation. He had family troubles–the death of a young son (2 Samuel 12), the sexual abuse of one of his daughters (2 Samuel 13), and kids that twisted off so bad that one of them even tried to kill his own dad (2 Samuel 15). David had troubles in his work life. He was the king, but not all of those of those who served him had the best interest of the kingdom at heart.
David’s troubles make my troubles not seem so overwhelming. I wouldn’t want to trade troubles with him, that is for sure. I wouldn’t want David’s troubles, but I do desire his faith. David knew that He lived in the presence of God. He knew that God’s watchful eyes and Sovereign hands were upon him–even in the midst of his troubles.
It has been my experience that when my troubles become prolonged I have a tendency to begin to question God, rather than trust that He is with me. I have a tendency to wonder where God is when I am broken and riddled with anxiety, rather than relying upon His hand that is guiding me. I want to grow in my trust and awareness in the presence of God. It isn’t Scripture that causes me to doubt, it is my mind that leads me to places that cause me to question. I want to grow in my understanding that “Your right hand will hold me fast,” rather than drawing back in doubt. I’m hopeless without God’s Word to counsel me, correct my thinking, and comfort me with its truths.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I will become increasingly aware of Your hand that is guiding me and holding me fast through every situation and circumstance of life.