In the last post before one Christmas, a disturbing official letter arrived, which suggested that I had claimed a benefit illegally. There wasn’t a shred of truth in it, but that didn’t make it any less upsetting. I couldn’t get in touch with anyone to deal with it as all the offices were then closed for the whole holiday period. When I finally managed to speak to someone in January, the issue was quickly and easily cleared up. I asked for the name of the office manager, and wrote them a very stiff letter, expressing how much I had been affected by their erroneous action Eventually I did receive a wholehearted apology, with assurances they were changing their policy with regards to sending out such letters just before an office closure.
But why did I lose sleep over a false accusation? I knew it was totally unfounded and easily refuted, yet it bothered me a lot.
David was in a very difficult and dangerous situation in the story you can read in 1 Samuel 19:11-16, and it was only through his wife’s quick thinking that he survived. But here in Psalm 59, we have David’s personal thoughts and feelings in that time. We can track his anxiety, fear, pleading with God, anger, and eventual trust as he worked his way through his emotional turbulence.
My situation was nothing to compare, but it did cause anxiety. If David, in his dangerous and vulnerable predicament could work his way through into trusting God, how much more should I, in the everyday issues of my life’s turbulence? David knew God was his strength and fortress, his refuge in times of trouble because of past experience. God had proven himself trustworthy.
As we go through life, there may be times we don’t feel God is coming through for us. But the end of a chapter is not the end of the book, and we haven’t yet seen how our story ends yet. David was not yet in a place of safety when he chose to trust. And we do know his story ended well.
God is faithful. He makes all things beautiful in his time.