In our last message, we talked about how God hides things from us… for us. But what about the times when God Himself seems to be hiding?
He made darkness His secret hiding place; as His pavilion (His canopy) round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. (Psalms 18:11 AMP)
If you’ve walked with God any length of time at all, you’ve had seasons where this seemed to be the case. Where is God in my situation?
What I love about this passage is that the psalmist penned these words after witnessing first-hand how God delivered him from his enemies. Reading this verse in its context, you discover that God hid Himself in the darkness while bringing victory over enemies to pass in David’s life.
Are You in Distress?
It seems like so many of the Psalms were written in and about difficult times. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that David spent an enormous amount of time under threat from enemies. And in some ways, it can be hard for us to identify with David. Today, most of us — at least in the Western world — don’t have enemies that chase after us hoping to take our lives.
But we do face real enemies. There are real enemies that work to steal and to kill your dreams. Perhaps your #1 enemy is on this list:
- financial lack
- poverty mindset
- apparent lack of abilities, skills or training
- relational challenges
Whatever enemy is staring you down today, consider David’s words:
In my distress [when seemingly closed in] I called upon the Lord and cried to my God; He heard my voice out of His temple (heavenly dwelling place), and my cry came before Him, into His [very] ears…. The Lord also thundered from the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, amid hailstones and coals of fire…. He reached from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy and from those who hated and abhorred me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted and came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay and support. He brought me forth also into a large place; He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me. (Psalms 18:6, 13, 16-19 AMP)
These words may seem poetic… or somehow disconnected from reality, but remember that David, “spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.”
If David were somehow able to reach out to you today in your distress, I believe he would tell you to place your trust wholly and completely in the Lord. He would tell you from his personal experience about battling a lion, about challenging Goliath, about supernaturally dodging Saul’s spear, about miraculously overcoming enemies that he would be the first to admit were too strong for him.
Listen, friend. I don’t know how God will deliver you from your distress and from your enemies today. You don’t either. In fact, if you knew how He would do it, I’m convinced He would come up with some other way to do it just to keep you guessing.
But remember this: God hides in the darkness of your darkest night. Why He doesn’t just show Himself to us is a mystery that I’ll probably ask Him about when I see Him face to face. Perhaps He chooses to do it because He knows that for us to make it in this life, we must walk by faith. But know that in the darkness — when it seems as though your deliverance is furthest away — He Himself is escorting your answer to You. He personally goes to war against your enemies.
Many people give up in the darkness… and in so doing, they disconnect themselves from their help when it’s most critical… and when it is closest. Place your trust in Him. Rely upon him completely. Allow Him to speak to you and to work in you. You’ll have a story of your own to tell when your enemies have been completely eradicated. And I can’t wait to hear it!Tags: Anxiety, Debt, Enemies, Lack, Poverty Mentality, Stress, Victory