12 Mar 2018

Keep It Real, But Remember God

by John McManus

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Numbers 16:41 - 18:32 Mark 16:1-20 Psalm 55:1-23 Proverbs 11:7

One thing I love about the psalms David wrote is the honesty we get from him. David says it how it is. He keeps it real. The vulnerability, fear and pain he feels are plain for all to see.

Psalm 55:4-5 (NLT) says:

“My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.”

The context for Psalm 55 links back to the circumstances recorded in 2 Samuel 14-15, where David is betrayed by his son Absalom and his trusted counsellor Ahithophel. This explains his choice of words and the deep anguish he is feeling.

I’m so thankful to God for the inclusion of this psalm and others like it in scripture They can teach us so much about how to deal with the challenges life brings us. These betrayals from a beloved son and trusted counsellor were massive for David, and we can face similar trials.

Another psalm that springs to mind is Psalm 13. On this occasion, loneliness was his major struggle. Feeling that God had forgotten and completely abandoned him, David records his response with similar honesty.

Life’s challenges come to us all, even believers, but watch what David does. Psalm 55:16-18 (NLT) says:

“But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me.”

Pause and reflect: David brings God’s leadership into his situation. He remembers what He has done in the past. David encourages himself in the Lord and chooses to put his trust in God and His salvation. When challenges come, let’s be like David and keep it real, but let’s also remember God and call on Him!

John McManus
John McManus

John is a passionate follower of Jesus, husband to his wife Julie and father to his three grown up children, Andrew, Hannah & Michael. He lives in Chepstow and serves with the team there at Victory Church.

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