This psalm was written by David at a difficult time in his life. He was facing things that he had not anticipated or expected. This Psalm is a cry to God from a desperate person who was in a place of transition and the outcome was not certain. Although, in the end, David would be able to look back and see how God had restored him, the place he found himself in was challenging. This Psalm gives us a very personal insight into David’s life and what he was facing and the struggle within himself.
DAVID FOUND HIMSELF IN A PLACE HE DID NOT WANT TO BE
At this time in David’s life, he was living in exile. He was removed from what he was accustomed to and had enjoyed. There had been a change in his situation, and he found himself in a place or position that he did not want to be in. He called that place ‘the end of the earth’!
Psalm 61:2‘From the end of the earth…’
He felt utterly removed from what he had hoped for or expected. Instead of being in the center of the universe of God’s blessing and plan, he felt he was in a place that was removed from his rightful place, and it seemed like the remotest and most inaccessible place on earth by comparison. Have you ever found yourself in a place or a situation where you never imagined you could end up, and in a place where you did not want to be? Perhaps that place could be called unemployed, broke, divorced, alone, unfulfilled, sick, depressed, frustrated, or disappointed. Just because you find yourself in a place or a situation that you never imagined possible, does not mean that that place is your final destination. Years ago, we used to travel on a small, narrow, winding tar road to get to our farm. One day a sign board went up advising us that a new road would be built. My family was very excited about this development. What we did not realise was that the new road would be built more or less in the place of the old road. The result was that we had to spend several years on detours and gravel sections of road that were far worse than the existing road. But a day came when the new, completed, wide road was opened, and we could enjoy travelling in comfort and safety. You may find yourself in a place that you do not wish to be, but it is not the end of the road!
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