Living and Working With A Tough Crowd
In Psalm 57, David was called to live with a tough crowd. They were with him morning, noon, and night. He couldn't escape them. It would have been easier to just walk away from the whole situation, but that was not God's plan.
God's Word affirms four truths today. Life is hard (Job 5:7), pain is real (Acts 14:22), suffering is unavoidable (2 Tim. 3:12), and weariness with life is normal (I Peter 4:12-14). That is what David found, and that is what most people who are honest will tell you.
So what are we to do when our personal troubles intersect with our work or school life? The answer is found in God's Word.
Look at the introduction to Psalm 57. Where is David? Yes, entering the cave.
Now look at Psalm 142. Where is he now? Living in the cave.
Remember that these two Psalms are the turning point in David's life. These are the crucible where we see his character refined more than any other place.
Has God called you to minister in a cave of troubles? Well let me ask you—do you work somewhere? Then you are surrounded by troubled people. Are you married? Then you have the potential for troubles. Do you have children? Then again—you are open to troubles.
From history we can see the way that some faced their troubles and triumphed. Here are just a few from history:
Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott.
Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan.
Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington.
Raise him in abject poverty and you have an Abraham Lincoln.
Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes Franklin Roosevelt.
Burn him so severely that the doctors say he'll never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham who set the world's one-mile record in 1934.
Deafen him and you have a Ludwig van Beethoven.
Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T. Washington, and a George Washington Carver….
Call him a slow learner, and write him off as uneducable, and you have an Albert Einstein.
Now for David whose life we are observing—have him grow up as the last child, overlooked and neglected—and you have David the shepherd boy.
Have him accused and rejected by his brothers and slighted by his countrymen—and you have David the giant killer.
Have him on the run for his life, hiding in a cave surrounded by hundreds of emotional porcupines—and you have David the sweet Psalmist of Israel.
David goes on to the most fruitful years of his life with an unbroken string of spiritual and material triumphs. He rises to the highest levels of leadership, worship, and heritage. What an incredible time of his life. And all that seems to start right here in Psalm 57. So this is a crucial Psalm for our spiritual nurture and development.
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