Wednesday, 22 July, 2020
Title: When the World Seems Crashing in on Us
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Scripture: Psalm 55:1-8, 12-14
Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy! 2 Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan, 3 because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me. 4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. 6 And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; 7 yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah 8 I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”
12 For it is not an enemy who taunts me – then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me – then I could hide from him. 13 But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. 14 We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.
Psalm 55 depicts to us how David was in such complete dismay at the treachery he was experiencing. He was struggling with the fact that some of his closest comrades had turned against him. He was lamenting to us the condition of his heart. He was in dire straits, he was inundated with disappointment, anguish, and misery! He was paralyzed emotionally and bodily. David desperately cried out to God. He was pleading to God “Don’t ignore me; hear me, answer me. I am troubled and distraught!” The distress David encountered had beaten him up badly, but he knew that his most reliable help came from God. His prayer flowed out from his deep despair, but ultimately was the demonstration of his confidence in God.
There are times in our lives when it seems that the whole world has tumbled in on us. Our burden and suffering is so overwhelming as if there is no place for us to turn to and we are ready to give up. We, like the Psalmist, wish for the wings of a dove so we could fly away into the desert and leaving behind all our worries, afflictions and all our troubles in order to find the rest we so badly need. This is especially so when we are opposed and offended by those closest to us such as our family members, friends, or those whom we have invested a lot of time with. We perceive they are the people whom we could rely heavily on. We become most disheartened if they turn against us with their actions or words.
David had such adversaries – leaders who guided and gave advice to him, close associates who even went to ‘church (temple)’ together with him. They turned out to be those who hurt him badly. What a heartbreaking experience and discouragement arising from such relationships. Just like David, we too can feel the “pain” when assaulted by such individuals, those we relied on turned out to be someone who conspires against us. It is truly a heart-wrenching experience when trust is broken, effort unappreciated and malaise by mindless slanderers.
There is no instant relief or easy solution to mitigate any damage caused by the betrayal of trust. However, one can emulate what David did – to call upon God’s help and power to intervene. Regardless of whatever dreadful circumstances, we can always turn to God in complete assurance, knowing that He will surely hear us and answer our prayers. Our hearts may be filled with anguish and our minds bewildered like a dark cloud hanging over our head but we can turn them over to God and He will lift the load off our shoulders.
He will lift us up from the mire and plant our feet on solid ground. He will carry us in His arms to a place of safety because He is our help in times of need (Psalm 46:1). When we are alone, let us not forget that Jesus is ever present. It is in the midst of the greatest storms of life that we learn the true meaning of what it means “to trust in God”. It is by going through the worst turmoil in life that we discover and appreciate the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding, guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Phi. 4:7).
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for Your love for us. We are confident that no matter what evil plots, misunderstanding, or slander against us, or whatever pains and difficulties befall us, we can always come to You, knowing that You will sustain and strengthen us. We will not be shaken or intimidated by the evil schemes inflicted on us by Satan because greater is Christ that is in us. O Lord Jesus, we need You and we want You to be in our heart every moment in our life. Empower us to live for You. Give us strength to endure whatever difficulties and suffering we may encounter. Help us to find comfort, peace, and joy in You. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.