Sometimes you just need a resting place. Someplace where the footing is sure and the ground stops shaking. Not necessarily a physical place, but a place of promise . . . a place of assurance . . . a place where, because it is true, everything else can put in context. David knew what it was to experience trial and turmoil. From enemies outside of his house, to enemies within, David had his fair share of trouble . . . his fair share of being on the ropes . . . his fair share of not knowing when, or how, things that were upside down were going to once again be right-side up. But something I read this morning in a song he wrote reminds me that he had a resting place . . . the same resting place I have in Christ.
For though the LORD is high, He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life; You stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands. (Psalm 138:6-8 ESV)
Don’t know exactly the trouble David was walking in the midst of . . . not sure which of his enemies was unleashing their wrath upon him . . . but in the midst of it, David pens a song of thanksgiving and praise. David bows down before God’s holy temple and gives thanks for His steadfast love and faithfulness . . . he praises the name which God has exalted above all names. Essentially he puts his earthly circumstance within a heavenly context.
David sings of that day when “all the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD . . . and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD” (138:5). Though he is in a battle right now, David doesn’t lose sight of a future time . . . he looks forward to the day of ultimate triumph. And so, he puts his here-and-now reality within a there-and-then mindset.
And at the heart of it all, because God is who God is, and because God will do what God says he will do, David finds a stability and surety as he touches base again on his resting place . . . “the LORD will fulfill His purpose for me.” And, with feet firmly planted on such solid ground — the promises and purposes of God, David prays according to what he knows to be God’s will concerning that promise, “Do not forsake the work of Your hands.”
I relate. Beyond specific individual trials, the prevailing winds are blowing increasingly against God’s people. Rejection of truth, and opposition to those who say there is a truth, is on the rise. God’s people, generally, are in the midst of trouble. But we know this, the LORD will fulfill His purpose for us . . . and He will not forsake the work of His hands.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)
Sometimes we just need to be reminded of that resting place . . . and then go there. He WILL fulfill His purpose for me.
Not many of us are Davids and are called to what he was called to. But we are all God’s workmanship . . . and we were all created for good works that He has prepared for us to do. And the work of His hands which He has begun in us He has promised to bring to completion.
That’s a resting place . . . that’s solid ground . . . that’s unshakeable footing.
His steadfast love endures forever . . . His Word endures forever . . . His promises endure forever.
All because of grace. All for His glory.