So what do you do when you feel vulnerable?
What to do when you feel like your life is crumbling down right before your eyes?
When all you have left is a realization that you are “out of control” and that you can’t do anything in your power to change your current reality or the outcomes?
Perhaps it is a specific enemy that is constantly prowling at your door.
Or the prospect of something you thought of as a good dream that is moving farther and farther away?
What if what you are experiencing is a sense of loneliness? You feel unprotected.
Friend, pray, like the Israelite King David did to remind himself of who God really is in the presence of both difficult and fading realities. David began his prayer, in Psalm 31, with a phrase that was echoed by Jesus himself at the cross: “I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.” The following statements are what he prayed after he poured out his fainting heart before God. Print this blog or read it in your own Bible and underline what you sense you need the most right now, at this moment!
But I am trusting you, O Lord,
saying, “You are my God!”
My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.
Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,
for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
let them lie silent in the grave.
Silence their lying lips—
those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.
How great is the goodness
you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
far from accusing tongues.
Praise the Lord,
for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
In panic I cried out,
“I am cut off from the Lord!”
But you heard my cry for mercy
and answered my call for help.
Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,
but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the Lord!
As you read and mediate on who God is, I hope you also hear David’s assurance that God sees your troubles and He cares about the anguish of your soul (verse 7). Then, in verse 8, King David looks backward to acknowledge how God has acted and intervened in the past. What David sees in doing so is that God has protected him and has created a spacious place for his feet.
May God come to your aide and set your feet in a “spacious” place!