Afflictions and assurance. David’s psalm is a realistic reflection on his own life and a sober reminder that we are not immune from struggles and painful experiences. He faced not only the rebellion of his son, Absalom, but also the desertion of many others (2 Sam 15:12). Critics would have us believe there is no hope when God apparently cannot help us in our adversity (v.2). “It is the most bitter of all afflictions to be led in fear that there is no help for us in God.” Yet, David did not give up hope, knowing God would protect him. He could sleep at night knowing God was his deliverer who destroyed his enemies and blessed those who trusted in him (v.5-8). Very early in his pastorate in London, Spurgeon faced vehement criticism from the secular media who regarded him as a charlatan due to his young age and lack of theological training. Religious media also attached him because of his theological beliefs and his concern to see people come to Christ. In response, Spurgeon’s “strongest reply to them was the glory of the gospel that he preached.” We too can rest in God and depend on all the resources of his grace which he avails for us. He has the final word.
The Psalms for Everyday Living. By David J. McKinley – used with permission
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 1-3