I’m quite sober as I write this post. Quite honestly. You’ll find out why soon.
God is simply amazing. Like super-super amazing. So some time ago, I was reading the book of Psalms and I somehow saw chapter 57. I doubt I paid so much attention to it the first time as my plan was to read the New Testament. But something in Psalm 57 stopped me in my tracks:
“I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me [Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]!” Verse 2.
You see, this verse resonated so well within me because I was at a point in my life where I was unsure if God would perform on my behalf (which was what I needed 😓) and ultimately contemplating whether He would complete what He started with me. You can say I have serious trust issues 😩.
Then I left it alone, the verse that is, and went back to life. After sometime, something (I believe, God) prompted me to open it again because there was something I needed to see — something He wanted me to see — the note on Psalm 57 title and boy did I get perspective. Thank you Father 🙏.
Until then, I never paid attention to notes in Psalms but now I see their usefulness – they let us understand the context in which the chapter was written.
Psalm 57 note in part reads:
A record of memorable thoughts of David when he fled from Saul in the cave.
Let me give a little background into why he fled from Saul. God had earlier sent Samuel the prophet to anoint David King while Saul was still King — God had rejected Saul.
Saul, upon meeting David, loved and welcomed him, but overtime became excessively jealous and plotted to kill him. David got wind of the plot and fled. That’s the story pretty much.
Back to Psalm 57. David was in a cave running from the current king of Israel and even though he was in a cave, his faith was definitely not in a cave. He was certain his condition was temporary, verse 1 confirmed this “…in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be CONFIDENT until calamities and destructive storms are passed”.
That was the first thing he said in the cave not “God, I don’t understand. You said I was going to be king, I have done everything you asked me to, now I’m being hunted by the king’s men to be killed. Why didn’t you just leave me alone in my father’s house in the first place? Or wait, how am I even sure what I heard was from God?
Okay. Jokes apart.
David knew that even though he was currently in a cave, God would perform on his behalf. He was so confident that God would bring to pass His purposes for him – which was to succeed Saul as King. So there was no way he was going to turn his back on God because he completely believed God would do what He says.
This made me sober because so many of us, when situations contrary to the ‘revealed will’ of God for us happen, next thing we do is to drop prayer all together like “God, I’m not praying again sef.” Second thing is to stop going to church and doing everything that involves God.
I seriously believe a lot of us have serious repenting to do because of this – we are usually too quick to turn away from God whenever we find ourselves in caves 😓. This breaks God’s heart 💔😔 because it shows that we don’t trust Him. It shows that we walk by sight and don’t do what the Bible says.
And before you reach a conclusion, let me just say already, this post is not to condemn you. Rather, it is aimed at moving you to repentance. If you’re reading this post right now, I hope you believe God loves you because if He doesn’t, you wouldn’t even be here to read this 🙄.
But now that we’re here, let’s not dilly-dally again. Let’s correct the situation by saying this prayer like we mean it (because it’s pointless if we don’t) “Dear Lord, I have been far from you. I have let my current circumstances discourage me from pursuing my relationship with you. Dear Father, please forgive me. I understand my wrong and I’m back now. Even though I’m still in a cave, like David, I’ll take refuge and be CONFIDENT in you until calamities and destructive storms are passed. I thank you Father because You’ll perform on my behalf and bring to pass Your purpose for me and surely complete them in Jesus name 🙏”.
Don’t worry, you didn’t say the prayer alone. Because — I’m the number one culprit 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.