In the 55th Psalm David is suffering intensely. With agony of spirit of he cried unto God:

“I mourn in my complaint and make a noise” (Psalm 55:2)

With a heart that was pained as what he described as the terrors of death had come down upon him he wanted one thing; “the wings of a dove”. All he desired was to escape the situation.

How many of us feel like this today? Oh that this year would pass, oh that these things that we are facing had never happened!

Such a desire, in adversity, is unreasonable even though it is most natural. We can empathise with David, even though we know with him that our troubles cannot be escaped, they must be faced.

David discovered how to face his problems, and it was not by running away. Towards the end of the Psalm he experienced the burden lifted:

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee, he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved”(Psalm 55:22).

In the 139th Psalm David talks not of running away but of the presence of God in every place and in every situation.

God knows me when I sit down and when I rise up, he even understands my thoughts. He is before , behind me and with me. If I were to grow wings and fly like a bird, “the wings of the morning” (v9), I would discover that God’s hand which led me there will also keep me there.

God has brought us to an extreme situation, that is so unlikely, it feels like the uttermost ends of the earth. God will carry the burden. Let us leave it with Him. Where God’s purposes led us His grace will sustain:

“Even there shall thy hand lead be, and thy right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:10).

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