by Robert Walker

Feel Like Giving Up?
Robert Walker
Psalm 61:1-8

When his son Absalom rebelled against him, David had to flee from Jerusalem to save his life. Out of that experience he wrote this psalm. "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. For You have been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy" (vv. 1-3).

David was asking for God's help and strength. He may have been in a cave when he wrote these words or hiding in a shelter in the wilderness. We don't know. But his true Rock was God. His true Shelter and his true Strong Tower was God. It's good to know that when we are away from the safety of home and city, we still have the safety of the Lord.

Absalom conspires against his father, and uses various methods to seduce the people from their allegiance to their king. The emotions of David are like a roller coaster they are going up and down.

David faces danger and despair and desertion and for him it becomes a time of dependence for David's favored son has now become David's fiercest enemy. David must be a broken hearted father as Absalom slays Amnon his brother and steals the hearts of the people and usurps the throne of David.

What is the message for us in this psalm? I doubt very seriously that we will ever face trails that would compare to what David is experiencing. The message is God's people are not immune when it comes to the bitter troubles of life. You may feel like giving up but you don't have too!

As a minister of 32 years I can tell you that there are those closest to our hearts that have the most power to wound us and bring us grief. Ministers all over the world know the pain of having someone hug their neck and at the same time cut their throat behind their back.

Friend if it hasn't happen to you please don't say never you just wait and see it will come at the least expected moment and probably in a time o ...

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