David shows that he is just like us in Ps 10:1: “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” Just like you and me he, when times are really bad he wonders if God is truly there. He wonders if God has forgotten him and is no longer concerned for his troubles. You and I are prone to those same feelings are we not? When we are hurting badly we wonder if God really cares what’s happening.
But there is a lesson here from David also. Notice, even though he has some doubts, even though he questions, he still cries out to God in the midst of his distress. He still believes that God will ultimately hear and save him. He still keeps faith that God is in control and will finally come to his aid. Though his head wonders if God is absent, his heart holds fast to the truth of God’s steadfast care and love.
“The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” (10:16-17)
Prayer: Father, you are the eternal Creator who also shows everlasting love to your children. Help us to remember that promise from your Word. Help us to hold fast to that truth even in the midst of dark valleys and the seeming triumph of evil. You are “king forever and ever.” Help us to believe it and act like it.