David was living in the caves as King Saul tirelessly chased him. At times, we are all overwhelmed by problems in our lives. We face both physical and mental challenges. But the joy of the Lord is ours; therefore, we have the ability to handle our difficulties and the sorrows that accompany them.
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Increase the days of the king’s life, his years for many generations. May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever; appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him. Then I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfill my vows day after day. (Psalm 61:1-8)
David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent people you save me. “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies. The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. (2 Samuel 22:1-5)
David was overwhelmed to the point of depression. He was alone, running for his life. Sometimes God does the most profound work when we are alone, totally dependent on Him. It is was the same with Moses, Isaiah, Elijah, Jacob and even Jesus.
- God reveals your goal, passion and achievement.
You need the call. It is not about doing something for God, but being called to do something for Him. The people who came to David had problems, debts and so on, but they were the people who made him king. Prophetic words are equal to a call. Sometimes it is in your loneliness that you can best visualize your call.
- God reveals your character.
The crown always comes after the test of character. David was calm, and he took care of his family, showing his true character.
- God reveals your commitment.
David was totally committed to God’s Word that he would become king. He never went after Saul, nor did he kill him when he had the chance. He treated King Saul as his father and acknowledged that Saul was God’s anointed one. He trusted that God would fulfill His promise and waited his turn.
Who will refresh you during difficult times?
The first people who will come to your rescue are your family members. Secondly, God uses your friends, even people who are under pressure or in debt, or who have been mistreated. Finally, God Himself will refresh us when we focus on His promises and count on His faithfulness. David believed in his calling, holding to the truth that he was the king in waiting, and no one could take that away from him.
God will be faithful to bring us out of the cave and give us our crown.