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  • Writer's pictureDanny Domingo

DEALING WITH THINGS BEYOND OUR CONTROL


The background story of Psalm 57 is when David fled to the cave of Adullam as Saul was pursuing him. He left Gath like a mad person and ended up hiding in caves. When his family heard where he was, they went to him with about four hundred men who were in distress, debt, or discontented. David then went to Moab and asked the king of Moab if his family could stay with them while he was waiting for the Lord on what his next step was. So, his family stayed in Moab, and David went back to the land of Judah as God directed him. The four hundred men became David's army and would follow his lead wherever God led him (1 Samuel 22). It was during this time that David wrote Psalm 57. David continued to cry to the Lord for mercy and deliverance. He wrote, "Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me—God sends forth his love and his faithfulness (Psalm 57:1-3)." One lesson we can learn from David is his reliance and trust in the Lord. He did not have any control over his situation because Saul would do whatever he wanted. However, David could choose how he would respond to the situation. 


David could respond in fear and defeat, or he could trust God and live. David chose to trust God and continued to live. We face situations that are beyond our control, and it is not the way to live to worry about something that we do not have control over. Instead, we can choose to trust God in the things that we cannot control and deal with the things that we can handle. David realized that he didn't have the power to fight against Saul, but he could flee and take care of his family. Despite the danger that he was in, he never hesitated in trusting and following God. As a result, David kept on praising God because he was walking with God in the midst of a difficult situation. He said, "I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth (Psalm 57:9-11)."


If we want to triumph in our difficult situation, we need to trust God with the things that are beyond our control and deal with the things that we can handle. When we are overwhelmed with fear or worries, let us remind ourselves to trust God and give to Him the things that are beyond our control. 


Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through carefully, meditate on the questions while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speak to you.) Am I willing to let go of worries and trust God completely in the things that are beyond my control? What should I do when I am dealing with situations that are beyond my control? What does God promise me when I go through difficulties?


Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God. 


Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I humbly come before you to ask you to help me trust you and surrender everything to you, especially the things that are beyond my control. Please help me not to worry but to have peace and confidence that you are going to take care of all my concerns. Please help me to fix my eyes on you. I pray all these things in the name of my Lord Jesus. Amen.

 

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