“For it is you who light my lamp, the LORD my God lightens my darkness.” Psalm 18:28
I am sure that if we are all honest, we can point to a time in our lives that felt dark. Sometimes, life just doesn’t make sense. We don’t understand why it feels like we can’t catch a break or the life you have before you seems unrecognizable from what you have always known.
If you have felt this way, you are not alone.
David knew the depth of dark times- when life becomes unrecognizable and confusing. He had been a shepherd boy in his father’s fields as he watched over the flock entrusted to his care. He was comfortable where he was. Then God came sent the prophet Samuel to anoint him to be the next king of Israel.
David was young and inexperienced. But he obeyed anyway, trusting that the God who protected him in the fields of dangerous animals would be the same God that would protect and prepare him for the palace.
As we read the story of David, we learn that his life did not always go as expected. It was riddled with confusion, hardship, challenge, fear, and uncertainty. Many times David’s life was in danger and enemies came up against him from every angle. If that doesn’t sound like darkness, I don’t know what does. But what set David apart was this: he trusted in the Lord.
David knew where his help came from. He knew that even in the face of fear and darkness that God was his sustaining light and shield from his enemies.
“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3
As David trusted in God, we see that God was using all the struggle to prepare him for something amazing – David was going to be King!
When life doesn’t make sense and seems dark, it is God who can still guide the way. Even in the midst of what seems like darkness, God brings light. He is able to take the confusing and hard and is able to bring so much good from it if we are willing to let him lead us in His light.
When we look to Him to light our way, He is there to sustain and provide, redeeming our darkness with His light.