Today could potentially be more reading for you if you want to look up all of the reference passages, so I want to jump right in. They are each so powerful that I don’t want to leave any of them out! You’ll have lots of options.
For starters, skim over (or read) 2 Samuel chapters 16 and 17. The section headings will give you some insight, but the details of this conspiracy are fascinating when you take the time to read them! People are betraying and manipulating each other left and right... it’s crazier than a soap opera!
There’s a word in 16:14 that opens the door to the reality of this situation... weary.
When have you felt this same emotion in your own life?
As the Lord provided refreshment to David and his people at the Jordan, how has He personally offered refreshment to you?
There are many Psalms that were offered by David during this time frame. As you choose one or two or all of them to read, notice the fragile state of David’s heart. He is pouring out his full self before the Lord in each one. The thing that I love most of all is that, despite of the hopelessness of this situation and his personal hurt and weariness, David ALWAYS ends by praising God and redirecting his emotions to truth.
Psalms 42, 43, 55, 62, 70, 71, 143, and 144.
I know that I have felt many of these same emotions, and I’m sure you have too. Life is very, very hard sometimes, but we can completely be ourselves before our Father and talk to Him in real language. Relationship with Him isn’t about fluffy phrases or magic methods. It’s about being real and learning to trust Him even when it’s very, very hard.
From Psalm 55, I’m ending with this prayer. Fill it in for yourself and lift it high to your Father who sees, hears and knows. He is making a way.
Lord, _________ is too much for me. It’s overwhelming, and I don’t feel like I can do this anymore. BUT I will trust in you.
He doesn’t let David down, and He won’t let us down either!