Do you have a friend who seems to have it all together, all the time? Or maybe someone on your church ministry team, a pastor or worship leader, whose life seems perfect?
I imagine a lot of people thought that about David. Chosen by God, giant-slayer, anointed king, huge harem, prolific musician … even when bad things happened to David, God saw him through. Charmed life, right?
That’s one reason I’m glad so many of his psalms made it into the Bible. Poor man. Just like all of us, he struggled. He had plenty of bad days, and he constantly poured his heart out to God.
I remember meeting one of our fantastic singers at church after service one day at Subway. I told her how phenomenal her voice was and that I always enjoyed it when she sang. The woman is glamorous and it seemed like her life was perfect.
The thing is, she thanked me for the compliment. She said she’d been having a rough week, and my encouragement was something she needed to hear. She even admitted that singing on stage made her nervous. Just like that, the glamour of perfection was gone, and here was a woman who struggled just like the rest of us.
And now we’re friends. 🙂
Don’t assume that people who seem like they have a blessed life don’t struggle. We all do. Everyone needs words of encouragement. Especially in time like Psalm 55, where it was one of David’s close friends who had betrayed him.
But don’t count on comfort from people. Always seek it from God.
But I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me.
Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress and the LORD hears my voice.