HE CRY OF A TROUBLED HEART
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
David begins to cry out to God about his painful experience:
He Was In Exile – The expression “From the ends of the earth” indicates that he had a sense of removal from his homeland and was now a far distance away. It also indicates that he felt he was a great distance from God. He was far away from Jerusalem, the city that he loved most, his home, his throne, and the Tabernacle of his God.
He Was In Sorrow – His overwhelmed heart reveals the sense that his heart was enveloped in trouble. Anxiety and grief had wrapped his soul like a cloak. This was a terrible and bitter experience. Many times the Christian finds himself in such bitter and desolate circumstances; times of bitterness and sorrow. God may allow us to face times when we feel absence from Him, Abandoned by our family and friends. It is indeed a painful experience.
David cries out to God to hear his prayer. His request is for protection, to be lead to a place beyond himself, a high place of safety. He could not be protected by his own power, or by his own resources. So, he seeks the protection of God. The person that stands in the secure place of God’s protection is far beyond the reach of his enemies. Thank God for the Rock for our souls, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is asking God to lead him; he is not trusting in himself. He knows that he is not able to direct his own steps or choose the right path. The Christian that desires to be secure and blessed must be led by the One who is far above us in wisdom, power, and mercy.
Almost all men claim to pray, but their prayers have different personalities. This was a prayer that held nothing back, everything was confessed to God, sins, troubles, desires, etc. The imperfect words that come from a broken heart are most often the words that are the most effective. No one could speak for him, no words would do justice to his need, this must be the cry of the heart. God promises to help us when we cannot find the words to utter. This is a secret and holy communication between a child and his Heavenly Father.
David remembers the times that God had helped him and had been his refuge in times of trouble. It is always a joyful experience to remember the goodness and faithfulness of God. Over and over in the Bible we are told to remember the works of God. God has been good to every one of His children and He desires that we not forget that goodness. So many times God takes over our circumstances and turns our troubles into victory. He has drawn us into a safe shelter when the storms of life threatened us. He has given us safety when our enemies made war against us. Our good God is moved by our gratitude. Our memory of God’s goodness reminds us of our obligation to Him and inspire us with hope in our times of trouble and danger.
David is encouraged by God’s past goodness and resolves to look for future victory. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. There would be very little doubt of the future if we would properly remember the past.
David is not just looking forward to future events of his life; he is looking at his future life as a whole. He planned to live the rest of his life worshipping God. He looks past being away from home and looks to the day when he will be fully restored and thanking God for the victory. Because of the goodness of God and His promises to us, we not only can look to victory in this life, but also in the life to come. We have a home in Heaven where we will worship God forever. David looks to a life of worship and also a life of trusting God. This speaks of his security and rest in God. He was looking forward to a life of confidence and worship, a life that would rise above dread and danger.