Donâ€™t know if this 1913 folk song would have the same appeal sung to the accompaniment of a shepherdâ€™s harp as it does crooned by the Soggy Mountain Boys. But David had all the credentials necessary to sing the ballad with deep conviction. *
Dissed by older brothers, betrayed by King Saul whom he served as armor bearer and usurped by his son Absalom, Davidâ€™s could own a personal acquaintance with trouble. Job, the writer of the oldest book of the Bible observed, People are born to have trouble. And that’s just as sure as sparks fly up.(Job 5:7)
Â Through difficult experience, David developed a posture for facing and getting through trouble. Consider God, Consider the Test, Consider Your Response, Consider Your Confession
Consider God:Â One of the reasons David is called a man after Godâ€™s heart is because he, first and last, acknowledged the Sovereign Lord. Shout with joy to God. (Psalm 66:1)God, you are awesome, your power is great. Your works are awesome. You rule forever. You watch the nations. (Psalm 66:3-7) An accurate view of God colors everything else.
Consider the Test: Â A healthy view of God and His true and loving nature, brings proper prospective to our trouble. He has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. Butâ€¦ You, oh God, tested us; you refined us like silverâ€¦you brought us to a place of abundance. (Psalm 66:9-12) The substance of the trouble â€“ prison, burdens on our backs, men riding over us, fire and water – Â brings about refining, to bring us to the place of abundance.
Consider Your Response: Â Trouble is never pleasant, but at the risk of being clichÃ©, it can either make you bitter or better. Davidâ€™s response to the refinerâ€™s fire is to worship. I will come to your templeâ€¦ He brings offerings and fulfills his vows – the promises made when he was in trouble. (Psalm 66:13-15) Sound familiar? We make promises to God in the middle of trouble. â€œGod, if you will get me out of this mess, Iâ€™ll â€¦â€ Do you forget your vows once the trouble is past? David knew the essential value of fulfilling his vows. The one refined by trouble keeps his promises.
Consider Your Confession: Come and listen â€¦ let me tell you what he has done for me. (Psalm 66:16) David confesses the source of his help. He cried to the Lord, he turned his heart from sin and God surely listened and heard. (Psalm 66:19) Davidâ€™s confession is always of our God who is mighty to save.
He will call out to me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in times of trouble. I will save him and honor him. (Psalm 91:15)
Trouble is all around me, but you keep me alive. You reach out your hand to put a stop to the anger of my enemies. With your powerful right hand you save me.Â (Psalm 138:7)
Are you in trouble? Â If not now, then probably soon,you will beÂ because Job was right when he said we are born to trouble. Donâ€™t allow trouble to swallow you. Adopt Davidâ€™s tactics. Consider the nature of God, consider the test you are in, consider your response, and consider your confession, – Â your confession of faith.
Your troubles have come in order to prove that your faith is real. It is worth more than goldâ€¦ 1 Peter 1:7