Sometimes we feel, rightly so, that the whole world is against us. There are so many complicated circumstances in our lives that it seems that no matter what, things cannot be made right. We are not alone on days like this. David felt that way as he was constantly pursued by Saul, who wanted to kill him, for over 10 years! I’m sure David felt overwhelmed and defeated. In Psalm 7 David states that the only true refuge he know is God himself. “Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, (verse 1) He knows his enemies want to destroy him, see him defeated and broken, “or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.” (verse 2) David knows that God gets angry over injustice and is the righteous judge. He knows and trusts God to enact vengeance upon his enemies who stand against God. (verse 6,8) Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.” “Let the Lord judge the peoples. Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.”
Opening his soul to God, David lays his hopes and fears before God. He concludes with verse 17. “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High”. David knew his heart needed to have an attitude of praise and thanksgiving. The problems in life were large and his fears were real, but God alone has the answers and will provide. God knows the details of our lives and all the tough circumstances we face. Our hearts need to be bent towards thanksgiving not worry. Our hearts need to be focused on who God is. He is greater than anything we can ever face. State your concerns then leave them with God. Spend your time giving thanks to our Sovereign God who has all things within His loving control.
Make a conscious decision today to give thanks and be blessed for it.