“Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends— those who see me on the street flee from me. I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. For I hear many whispering, ‘Terror on every side!’ They conspire against me and plot to take my life. But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’” Psalm 31:11-14
Broken pottery is an image that David is asking us to consider in describing his life. What good is it? Pottery during David’s time was used to carry grain or water. It was used for cooking. It was used for serving food.
So, the question is, if a pottery piece gets broken, what good is it?
It’s not good for anything.
That’s how David felt as he wrote this. His neighbors, even mere acquaintances, looked at him as an object of dread and crossed to the other side of the road to avoid him. Words about him were spoken in hushed tones and there were plots to take his life.
While many of us have faced tough things, most have never had it quite that bad.
Death threats, terror, his life certainly did feel like it was broken into mere chards.
But once again David models for us what our response should be.
When our lives feel broken and we are afraid, we can say, “I trust in You Lord; You are my God.”
Father, my life often feels like there are things that are broken. I face hard times and sometimes even feel like I have been deserted by everyone, but help me to always trust in You.