1 O God, You have cast us off; you have broken us down;
You have been displeased; oh, restore us again!
2 You have made the earth tremble; you have broken it;
Heal its breaches, for it is shaking. 3 You have shown Your people hard things;
You have made us drink the wine of confusion.
There are times in all of our lives when we feel like David in this Psalm. We feel like we are broken down and unable to function. It is as if everything we have held on to is being shaken and stripped away from us. God allows us to go through these hard times to develop our faith. We are often confused by the things God allows, although we should not be. When we meditate on God’s Word, we are reminded that the answer is always the same. We don’t need things, we need Jesus. We need to learn to pray a new way. If we want peace, then we have to do what God has called us to do. We should be asking God, not so much for things, but for His presence to be magnified in our life and our lifestyle. We cannot accomplish this alone, We need the Holy Spirit every second of every day. When we get our priorities straight, we will arrive at the same conclusion that David did:
11 Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless.
12 Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.
We are soldiers and we often lose battles, but we have to remember that the war has already been won. As Billy Graham put it: “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out alright.”