When everything falls apart

Stability may crumble. People may turn away, but God will stay.

He found himself thrust out of the king’s liking. Saul was annoyed and jealous of David, so he wanted him killed. David fled to Gath hoping to find refuge, but they chased him out of town. He ends up in a cave hiding from Saul, and David finds his refuge in the Lord.

Psalm 56 and 57 record David’s thoughts during this time.

They will not leave me alone.

“O God have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long. I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me,” David writes in Psalm 56:1-2.

Can you relate? It seems everyone is against you. They constantly pick at the work you are doing. They continually criticize and never encourage. You feel no matter what you do, it will never be enough. Their ideas and agenda do not include you, so the quicker you are cut off the better.

Where will you go? What will you do? David had the same kind of questions and found refuge in the Lord.

David turned to the Lord for refuge.

“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you,” David writes in Psalm 56:3.

David says in Psalm 57 he will hide in the Lord’s refuge until the calamity passes. “My heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises,” he writes in verse 7.

David’s stability was shaken. He had nowhere to turn until he remembered he could trust the Lord.

Our stability may be shaken, and we may feel as if we have no where to turn. But we can trust the Lord. He will be with us while we are the topic of office gossip. He will be with us as others may toss us aside. Those slandering us may treat us like garbage, but the Lord will treat us like a treasure. He will be with us until the calamity passes.

Like David, you and I can confidently say, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”

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