David in the Pits
In our next study we found that David struggling to find God's guidance in very difficult situations. He was presented with the seemingly perfect opportunity to rid himself of Saul once and for all by killing him 1 Samuel 26 But he did not as he says it was Gods role to do this. Oh how hard this must have been.
The only place David feels he can have any peace is living with his old enemies the Philistines as we find in 1 Samuel 27 Life must have been so hard for him.
It is suggested that David wrote Psalm 40 around this time.
"I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened.
He lifted me out of the ditch,
pulled me from deep mud.
He stood me up on a solid rock
to make sure I wouldn't slip. "
The wording just makes it so possible to imagine David hiding from Sauls troops while they searched for him and his band of followers. But as the Psalm progresses the reality of the situation kicks in
"Soften up, God, and intervene;
hurry and get me some help,
So those who are trying to kidnap my soul
will be embarrassed and lose face,
So anyone who gets a kick out of making me miserable
will be heckled and disgraced,
So those who pray for my ruin
will be booed and jeered without mercy. "
With David asking God to help and intervene. It then ends with a final wonderful reminder
"You can do it; you've got what it takes—
but God, don't put it off. "
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