“Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O Thou Most High. What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me…” (Ps. 56:1-4).
This is where I have lived all week. I am not ashamed to admit it. We all experience life and life’s experiences can sometimes become too much. However, the main problem is that we like to continue through life as though nothing bothers us. We are Superman or Wonder Woman in the eyes of others. We appear to have it all together externally, while living in our own personal secret hell within. I know this a break from my regularly scheduled topics of discussion. But, today is one of my days wherein I have employed my executive privilege and have decided to have a moment of vulnerability with the same people I attempt to encourage daily.
Regardless of how I am feeling, I know deep within that all is truly well. It is just the matter of getting beyond the shadow that covers the valley (Ps. 23). What I find amazing is that the first three days of the week were unusually overcast, which was almost symbolic of how I was feeling internally. Today, however, the sun has peeked his face from behind the clouds to remind me that he is still hanging around despite my inability to see him. This greatly encourages me.
A lot of what we are confronted with requires us to make a conscious decision to not allow it to consume us to the point of incapacitation. This is when we pull on the resources that have been placed at our disposal. God, in His infinite wisdom, knew we would have days where the sun would not appear to to be shining. He has already provided the answer to it within His Word. This is reflective of what the Psalmist was expressing within this passage of Scripture.
In consideration of this, I find it so amazing that there were others who seemed larger than life in Scripture, yet they experienced many of the same things we have in their lives as well. There are many within proximity to us who are also “going through” similar situations simultaneously. While we do not glory in their pain and frustrations, we are provided with comfort and hope knowing that we are not alone in this battle. This causes us to continue forge forward in spite of the things with which we are confronted.
Thanks be unto God for His Word and His ever-abiding presence…
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”