Reading: Psalm 71: 1-6
The psalmist is experiencing a rough season. The writer desires to seek refuge in God and to find a place away from their attackers. There are pleas for God to rescue and deliver, to save. The psalmist turns to God for help.
At times in life we may also feel like we are under assault. We may feel like things are stacked against us or that life is a lot uphill lately. When this is just a day or maybe a few days in a row, we can usually lean on God to help push us through. Soon enough we see daylight and are thankful for God’s presence and strength that helped us endure and remain faithful. But what about those times when a few days turns into a few weeks, maybe longer? It is in this place that we find the psalmist.
We can relate to the psalmist. It feels as if attackers and other negative people are all around us. We think we are remaining faithful and obedient to serving God. So why the conflict? Why the opposition? It seems unfair and unjust. It becomes a tipping point.
Maybe we have stepped where we shouldn’t. Maybe we have followed our own plans instead of God’s. So maybe the opposition is calling us into check, back into alignment with God. Maybe the trial is to refine or define or purify our faith. When we are deep in a time of trial the temptation can be to turn away from God and to run to something else. So maybe the discomfort forces us to really look at our faith, to define or refine our trust in God, or to deepen our faith. It may be a season that yields growth.
There will be times of conflict and opposition when we serve God. It is Satan’s best trick – doubt, questioning, fear. It is his attempt to derail us. The psalmist wrote, “Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go”. May the Lord our God always be our rock of refuge. In God we can trust.