Minister’s forum: Lifting us out of despair
June 19, 2007
“O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
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Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.”
This is a psalm, or a poem set to notes, written by King David as he was in the wilderness of Judah. It is important to note that King David is writing this psalm from a point of emotional duress. His life for all intense purposes seems worthless; he has sought the wilderness to avoid confronting his son. Yes, his son Absalom, who is seeking David’s kingship and his life.
King David chooses, rather than looking at the despair of his situation, to look to the “Strong One.” The second reference to God in this psalm literally means “Strong One.” So David is saying Lord be my strength. He says, “Early will I seek You;” this is a lesson for every situation in our lives. David is saying Lord, before I choose to look at my circumstance(s) any other way I will look to You.
As a wilderness denotes a desert, barren, or a place of loneliness, David is saying – the only thing that will satisfy me or bring nourishment is You Lord. The psalmist, King David, is aware that what he needs is to find the provision that will bring him out of a place of despair. Moreover, the only place is in fellowship with Jesus Christ.
Whatever you may be facing this day, week, month or year, understand that there is “One” Jesus Christ who wants to have the type fellowship with you that will lift you out of your despair.
Ask Jesus to lead you into that place of fellowship where He may demonstrate His power and glory for your life.
– David Hallam is a pastor at Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship.