“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me!Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord,is in you. Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles!”
There is great sadness in this section. David cries out that he is lonely and afflicted. His heart is filled with distress and anguish. He looks at enemies around him and there are many.
That’s a lot of pain.
Maybe we’ve felt that same way. Maybe what others have done to us has hurt us terribly. Perhaps our own sins, our own actions have brought us to the point of anguish. There could be great loneliness in our lives. There could be a lot of pain.
Yes, David was in pain but he knew the source of relief. He called out to the Lord. “My hope is in You.” He knew that it is God and God alone who could release him from the snare of all that surrounded him.
It is the same for us. When we come to the Lord, we can lay our burdens, our heaviness, out sadness, our loneliness right at His feet. Jesus told us that when we do that He will give us rest.
Today, I come to You, Lord, for rest as I lay my burdens, my heaviness, my sadness, and my loneliness at Your feet.