“Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, do not be far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!”(Psalm 38:21-22)
You may think you’ve had a bad day, but it’s nothing compared to the heartache King David felt when writing Psalm 38. In this Psalm King David describes one of the darkest points of his life. With blunt transparency, he admits that some of his pain and confusion come from his own sins and foolish decisions. In addition, his cup of heartache is filled up with the accusations and attacks of his enemies; even worst, his family and friends have turned their backs on him when he needed them most.
In a desperate cry for help, King David turned to God. ” You won’t forsake me too, will You.” He seems to plead. Everything in his life had gone wrong and everyone had turned against him. In this moment of hopelessness. King David asked for help and found hope in God.
Our troubles may come from a wide variety of sources, but we don’t want to experience them all at once the way King David did. Whenever we feel hopeless, abandoned, misunderstood, betrayed, or incompetent, we can always turn to the One who is faithful to listen, to care, and to restore hope. This time of desperation wasn’t the end of the road for King David and times of desperation aren’t the end for us either, if we turn our attention to God and express our trust that he will come through.