“What To Do When You Are In the Dark”

“Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalms 61:1-2).

There is no biblical evidence that David was ever very far from the land of promise, Israel. We know he lived in a city of the Philistines during the days King Saul hunted his life. But never was he, or did he travel to the ends of the earth.

Poetically, David had times as do we, which we feel like we are in a faraway place, the ends of the earth. Perhaps David was experiencing a lost feeling. His use of the word “overwhelmed” is helpful.  It comes from a primitive Hebrew word that carries the idea of being shrouded in darkness. Now that says a lot.

I have felt darkness; you probably have as well. We have a colloquial phrase…to be “in the dark” about someone or something. By that definition, I am in the dark and overwhelmed “daily.” The beautiful David shows us here, is that calling out to God: “Hear my cry, O God…” prayer is a very fast way and sometimes the only way out of that dark place.

Several times David talked about the Lord holding him up with His hand (Psalms 18:35; 37:24; 63:8). When we are in the dark, “Hear our cry, O Lord…grab our hand and lead us to the rock!”…the Lord is the Good Hands Assurance!

In His grip!
Pastor Mike