The reading for today is Psalm 57, KJV.
1) Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful uno me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
2) I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3) He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
4) My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
5) Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
6) They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst of whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7) My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
8) Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltry and harp: I myself will awake early.
9) I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10) For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11) Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
David had done what God had asked of him, and his reputation had grown so much that Saul was envious and wanted David gone. In fear, David hid in a cave. His enemies were after him and laid traps for him.
The first few verses immediately brought the beginning of the pandemic to my mind. My home became my cave for a while. Unlike David, however, I wasn't isolated in a damp, dark place. I had my food and comforts and communicated with others. Still, I was depressed, and the only thing that kept running through my mind was that God was showing us we had something to learn. I had to trust God.
Not only did David trust God, but he also praised him. He prayed and praised. He said he would praise God among the nations and exalt God for his goodness and truth. He didn't wallow in his misery nor focus on his problems. He kept his eyes on the Lord.
Reverend Steve Cole said two things about this psalm. First, he said that prayer is the language of trust. Ponder that. Second, he said that praise came from deliberate focus. (I believe that includes gratitude.) David did not focus on his terrible situation; he made a deliberate decision to focus on God. When things go wrong, we can choose to focus on the bad, or choose to focus on the Lord -- whether in song, or testimony, or prayer, we need to turn our thoughts and actions to the one we can always rely on; God is the answer.
Gracious Father, we ask you to forgive us when we grumble and complain. Our problems may be smaller than those of others, or larger than those of others, but we all have them at times, in one form or another. Help us to rely on you, and focus on you, and reach out to those who may need to know someone cares about them. Please open our eyes and our hearts, so we can see You in our brothers and sisters. Amen.