“In panic I cried out, “I am cut off from the LORD!” But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help.” (Psalm 31:22 NLT)
As I read Psalm 31 this morning it is not too difficult to see that David is frantic. Trouble has come knocking at his door once again. I think this may be one of the reasons why I love the Psalms so much. Trouble of one kind or another seems to be part of the fabric of David’s life, and our lives as well. If it is not one thing it is another.
Troubles, trials, and the challenges of life don’t have to derail me, but when panic joins forces with the troubles of life then the wheels of sanity and security can certainly come flying off. David said, “In panic I cried out, ‘I am cut off from the Lord!'” I have no trouble relating to David’s response to the hardships of life. I don’t think I’ve ever phrased it like David; my reaction has been something along the lines of, “Lord don’t You hear my prayer? Lord, don’t You care about my heartache? Lord, You tell me to bring all of my cares to You, but I don’t see You doing anything to change my circumstances!”
I may have never said that I was “cut off from the Lord,” but I’ve sure felt it at times. Ah, there is that word again, “I felt it.” I know God’s promise that He will never leave me, He will never cut me off, but my feelings do get in the way. Evidently David’s did as well.
In vs. 22 David didn’t stop with how he felt. He followed how he felt with “But You heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help.” I have to wonder how much time lapsed between David’s panic and God’s answer? I’m so glad that I don’t have an answer to that question because if I did then I know me, I would put a time limit on God’s response. I don’t need a watch or a calendar, I need God. I need to wait on God. I need to be reassured by the promises of God’s Word, as I experience the troubles of life, that He will answer me at the right time. I don’t need to bury my face in my hands, but I do need to turn my face to His abiding presence at all times.
My prayer this morning Lord is that You will still my emotions when my heart begins to race with the cares of life and remind me that I can run to You instead of running from my problems.