By Lois Gagné
In this beautiful Psalm, David is a broken father and leader, who’s household and kingdom are in turmoil because of his own indecisiveness and halfhearted efforts to correct his own children. David flees from his angry, bitter, rebellious son Absalom who has stolen the hearts of the people. The pain David now faces is guilt-ridden, entangled in the confusion of a father not wanting to harm his own son, obliging David to back down and spend lonely, sleepless nights in a barren land.
We have all been there, guilty, humiliated and broken because of our own sin, staring at disaster and knowing we, in our own folly, have brought it upon ourselves. How do we go on and find hope once again?
David turns to God, repentant and confident in His love and forgiveness. He pleads for God’s presence, provision and protection. “God, you are my God, I am searching SO hard to find you.” (v.1) “I have seen you in your holiness – your love is better than life.” (v3)
No matter where we are, or why we are there, when we turn to God, our hope is not in vain. “You are the one who helps me. It makes me happy to be under your protection! I stay close to you, and you hold me with your powerful arm.” (v.7-8) Only He satisfies completely and like David, we can sing.
View the present through the promise, Christ will come again!
Trust despite the deepening darkness, Christ will come again!
Lift the world above its grieving through your watching and believing In the hope past hope’s conceiving, Christ will come again! (Celebrating Grace Hymn #99)