Yesterday we saw how David felt that God was far away and that he was exhausted, under pressure and discouraged. He was in the wilderness and probably alone. The sun was burning down on him and there was no shelter. In his exhaustion, he asked the Lord to “lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” In other words, “lead me to Yourself, because all this is too much for me and I need to be sheltered from the burning heat.”
David in the wilderness, exhausted by the burning heat of the sun, is a picture of what life can feel like under pressure. We need the Lord to lead us to Himself also.
In verse 3, there is something that David does, and it is something that can help us. In verses 1-2, he is asking for help. In verse 3, he is giving a reason why he expects the Lord to help him. “For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.”
He is reminding himself of what God has done for him in the past. This is something that will help us. You may be so discouraged now but think back to what God has done for you. Remind yourself of answered prayers, of the times that the Lord has provided for you, of those times when you have felt God’s presence, of times when He has spoken to you.
Remind yourself of His promises and how He has helped you in the past, and how He has strengthened you and already brought you through many troubles. Remind yourself that He has saved you from your sin.
Also, remind yourself of what He has done in His word, His mighty works, His great love and mercy. And remind yourself of who He is.
For David, reminding himself gave him strength to seek the Lord in the wilderness. For you and me, reminding ourselves will stir faith, bring strength and encourage us to praise Him, trust Him and to pray.