Psalm 59:4-5

Where are you God in my time of need?

In times of distress, it can feel as if God is nowhere to be found. So, how do we keep our faith from faltering under the weight of fear and uncertainty?

Perhaps King David best illustrates our answer to this question in the Book of Psalms. Let’s take a look at Psalm 59, one of several laments wherein David pleads for God to rescue him from his circumstances.

[1] Rescue me from my enemies, O God. Protect me from those who have come to destroy me. [2] Rescue me from these criminals; save me from these murderers. [3] They have set an ambush for me. Fierce enemies are out there waiting, LORD, though I have not sinned or offended them. (NLT)

The first three verses convey David’s fear, anxiety, and deep anguish. Although innocent of any offense, he fears for his life. Notice the urgent request for God to respond in verses four and five:

[4] I have done nothing wrong, yet they prepare to attack me. Wake up! See what is happening and help me! [5] O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, wake up and punish those hostile nations. Show no mercy to wicked traitors. (NLT)

Can you feel David’s frustration here? ¬†Does this resonate with your heart?

I bet you, like me too, can recall a time of uncertainty and urgency, a time when our need for God was great, but he seemed to be sleeping on the job. “Where are you, God? Open your eyes and see me; see the desperate nature of my circumstances and save me!”

Maybe, quite possibly, that day is today. Does our current state of national emergency leave you feeling alone and abandoned by God? If so, let me share something you may not know about this Psalm to encourage you.

Because David is king at the time of writing this Psalm, we can conclude that he is not describing his current circumstances. Instead, David is reflecting on an earlier time in his life when God DID come to his rescue. (1 Sam. 19:11). Notice the shift from prayer to praise and acknowledgment of God’s unfailing love in verses 9 and 10:

[9] You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress. [10] In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me. He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies. (Psalm 59:9-10 NLT)

Because of God’s past faithfulness to be David’s place of refuge and rescue, David could trust God to also be faithful in the present. David’s strong confidence in God’s sovereignty transforms his desperate pleas into a song of assurance.

[16] But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. [17] O my Strength, to you, I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.

From David’s life, we learn the valuable lesson of perspective. When we focus on God’s faithfulness in the past, while praising Him in the present, peace is possible. Let’s rest in the refuge of God’s peace while doing everything we can to meet the next need and trust Him with the outcome.


Sending peace, love, and prayers to all!

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