Have you ever felt that God abandoned you? That He doesn’t seem to care about your problems? Or, your heartaches?
When King David was a boy, he was often alone as he cared for the family sheep in the midst of dangerous situations. Yet he learned to trust the Lord in spite of the difficulties of being a shepherd. He begins Psalm 23 saying that he doesn’t lack anything because the Lord is his shepherd. What a great response! Having the Lord as his shepherd is greater than any problems in David’s life. The Lord is his rock.
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2).
He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 62:6)
David doesn’t complain. He doesn’t argue with the Lord. He doesn’t feel sorry for himself. He just talks about how the Lord leads, guides and comforts him. Someone has said, “You can’t look up and look down at the same time.” David chooses to look up to the Lord rather than looking down on his problems—even when surrounded by his enemies. It is an act of his will, a deliberate choice.
He doesn’t fear evil because the Lord is with him. His life is so full of God’s blessings that he declares goodness and lovingkindness are pursuing him.
You may feel alone, but you never are. Just as the Lord was with David, He is always with you. Always!
Read more about Psalm 23.