Reading: Psalm 31: 9-16
There are days and maybe even seasons when we feel like the psalmist – in distress, weak with sorrow, strength failing. When we are in this place, sometimes people avoid us too. After a quick ‘hello’ they find someplace else to be. We must admit that at times we too have at least had this thought concerning others. It is uncomfortable and awkward and hard to be around someone when they are struggling with life. For most family and good friends, we will enter into this space when we need to do so. Yet even sometimes with those close to us, this is a hard step to take, a hard place to be.
It is a step God always takes. In fact, God usually runs. He does not hesitate to enter into our hurt and our mess. God loves to be our rescuer, our comfort, our fortress, our guide, our redeemer. The psalmist recalls times when God was all of these things. We too can recall when God was there for us as well. By recalling these times, we can begin to again find that light in our darkness and we can build up our trust in God as one who is faithful and as one who will not abandon us in our times of need.
The psalmist concludes this section by declaring, “You are my God” and placing full trust in God alone. The psalmist gives his or her life over into God’s hands. Like the psalmist, we too can call on God and trust our life into His hands.
We know that hard times and trials will come our way in this life. We also know that God is always present and that He will remain steadfast. He will never run away and He will never fail us. We too may trust in Him fully. No matter what we face and no matter what the outcome, we know that through Jesus sin and death have been defeated. He has defeated the enemy and has provided the way to eternal glory. This life and all of its trials will not have the final word. In all things, our God is supreme.