Reading: Psalm 52
David is in the midst of a trial in Psalm 52. King Saul has become crazed with jealousy and paranoia and is pursuing David to kill him. David is on the run for his life. He knows in his heart that he is in the ‘right’ and that God is with him, yet he faces this trial. Despite being physically on the move, David states that he is like “an olive tree flourishing in the house of God”. In the midst of this crazy pursuit by Saul, David remains rooted in his faith in the God he loves.
In the song “Always”, artist Kristian Stanfill sings, “My foes are many, they rise against me, I will hold my ground”. In our life we can often relate to David’s trial and to the thoughts expressed in this song. At times we can feel beset on all sides. In these moments it can be easy or tempting to pull up the roots we have in God and to turn to other means to deal with the fear or pain or doubt or whatever else we are facing.
David wrote, “I will trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever”. The songs says, “I will not fear, His promise is true, my God will come through always, always”. In both we find the blessed assurance that God will always live us and will always be there for us. For our part, we must stay rooted in God.
It can be hard to do this. The song goes on to day, “Trouble surrounds me, chaos abounding, I will test in You”. It is a faith deeply rooted in God that can rest in Him in the midst of a trial. To be deeply rooted requires daily watering and fertilizing. This day may we water our faith in the Word of God and allow it to permeate our faith, to fertilize it as its message sinks deep down into our soul and strengthens our faith. May we do this day by day do that when the winds and rain of life come, our faith will be deeply rooted on the true foundation, Jesus Christ.