Some snowboarders at a ski resort in Breckenridge, Colorado got the surprise of their lives when chased by a moose! The animal looked calm enough but at one point must have felt threatened as they zipped by on their boards! Just before charging, the ears of a moose are laid back and the hairs on its hump are raised. If pursued by a moose, it is recommended to either run or take cover behind something solid like a tree.
Today’s verse speaks of being hotly pursued. David is running from an enemy that is intent on destroying him; Saul. Unlike a moose whose charge is sometimes only a warning, this pursuit was to the death! David cries out to the Lord for mercy. He takes cover in a cave and God protects David out of His love and faithfulness. Because David’s heart is steadfast he can sing and make music in the middle of disaster (verse 7). His trust and confidence is so strong that he describes God’s love as reaching to the heavens and His faithfulness to the skies (verse 10).
I am amazed at David’s trust in God while being so relentlessly pursued! Rather than respond with fear or complaint, David looks past his circumstances to the love and faithfulness of God. His situation sure did not stimulate this praise. And sometimes, neither does mine. It can be hard to praise Him when faced with unnerving conflict and injustice. But when I call to mind His love for me I can be confident. When I remember His faithfulness my heart can take courage. He will fight for me. He will vindicate me.
Lord, remind today of Your love and faithfulness.