The psalmist speaks of times when our enemies rise up against us and when we feel besieged on every side. In this life, there are certainly times when these things are true. But our greater truth is God’s constant presence amidst all of life. It is in His presence that we find love, peace, comfort, and mercy.
Sometimes we feel besieged by things from the outside. It may be a situation at work that is not going so well. It may be a conflict with a spouse or a child or a friend that is bringing discomfort in your life. It may be a health or financial stress that has suddenly risen up. As this “thing” consumes more and more of our time, we can seem to drift away from God. But what we really need most is to spend more time in His presence.
At other times our struggle comes from within. A temptation or sin can get ahold of us and that is all we can seem to see. It could be pride or being judgemental. It could be greed or jealousy. It could be lust or coveting. It could be any number of sins. But one of these can become our focus so easily and we find ourselves far from God. Sometimes this is because we are struggling to break free and other times it is because we have broken free but feel to guilty or dirty to come into His presence. In these cases too, in that loving, caring, merciful, forgiving presence is precisely where we need to be.
When we are in one of these trials of life – whether from the outside or inside – we must seek God. For some, maybe that is to physically go into the sanctuary or chapel to be in His presence. For some it is to go to their prayer space at home. For some it is driving in the car or walking along a path in the woods. God is everywhere do we can find Him anywhere. He simply waits for us to reach out, to seek Him, to reconnect to Him. In our trials, may we eagerly run into His presence and receive respite and relief. In His presence we begin to live into His love, peace, comfort, and mercy.
Scripture reference: Psalm 27: 5-14