Sunday, July 24, 2011

From Problem to Praise (Psalm 31:1-5)

Ps 31:1-5 In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. 4 Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.

Here is a psalm of David, written in the midst of imminent danger to his life. The real test of a person's character is when he is in a crisis. For David, he turns his problem into praise, demonstrating his basic trust in the Lord, no matter the circumstances. Some scholars believe that this psalm was written as David was being pursued by Saul while other scholars think it was written when he was escaping from his own son Absalom who had usurped his throne. Whatever may be the circumstances under which David composes his song, it was a time of imminent danger to his own life.

Proverbs 24:10 says, "If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small." Nothing shows us our real faith in God than in a crisis. God sometime uses crises to help us know our inner strength or weakness, so that we can develop our inner character in the direction of godliness. It's easy to talk religion and discuss religion. The real test comes when there is a crisis in our lives: do we have only religious talk or a relationship with God? Will the pressures of life release praise in our lips?

Father, help us grow in our character by learning to trust You in every circumstance. Thank You for pruning us in the midst of crises. Amen.