It’s hard for me to relate to having enemies, like David talks about in this Psalm 31:9-16 (text found at the end of this post). People I’m around are rather cordial and even friendly to me. No one is out to “get” me in even the most benign way.
On the other hand, I can relate to the anguish I hear from David: the weariness, fatigue, sorrow and distress. Maybe our “enemy” is cancer or disappointment. Perhaps the battle is with depression, loneliness or rejection.
In his distress, David still acknowledges that he trusts in God. Alcohol, drugs, escaping through numbing TV shows, and overeating are all ways David could choose to deal with the anguish in his life. But, he turns to God, “Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.”
What (Who?) do you call upon in the hard times? Let God save you in His unfailing love!
Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction,and my bones grow weak. Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends—those who see me on the street flee from me. I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. For I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side!” They conspire against me and plot to take my life. But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.