Faith For Down Times

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 31:1-13

David prays to God on the basis of his experience with God. “You are my rock and my fortress” (v. 3). As we face a new season with all its uncertainties, this is our security.

David has this faith, not because life is easy. It isn’t. He says: “I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.” Notice the “but” in verse 14. He has a life filled with problems, but he is still trusting in God. He can pray this prayer of faith because he knows God’s track record.

How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you” (v. 19).God has not promised that life will be easy. He has promised that those who trust in him will experience deliverance from weakness and evil. Whatever happens to you, keep on trusting God.

David concludes this heavy song with two recommendations. First, “Love the Lord” (v. 23). God loves us, and more than anything else, he longs for our love to him. Second, “Be strong and take heart” (v. 24).


Father, give us stability and hope as we trust you to take care of us in the days ahead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.