One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice,
“Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?” The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. “I can’t dear,” she said.
“I have to sleep in Daddy’s room.” A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: “The big sissy.”
Uncertainties or wilderness times make us shake in our boots.
So what should we do in our troubles or in our own wilderness?
I. Searching Saints in the Scriptures “early will I seek thee” Notice the Concern of the Searching Saint. Although far away from God’s house, he will not let that keep him from the things of God or the worship of God. He is determined to worship God although absent from the house of God. Next, notice the Condition of the Searching Saint. He is thirsty and determines to Witness the Lord although agonizing. His total being is now consumed with this worship and witness of the LORD. Oh, if we could only get liberty like this with the LORD!
II. Satisfied Saints in the Sanctuary (5-8)
The Psalmist is making a sanctuary in his wilderness. He is making a church in his troublesome times. He goes to church although absent from church. Don’t doubt God in the wilderness; make a church right here. Notice the Concept of the Searching, Satisfied Saint. He is determined to wait on the LORD although Alone. He has learned that this is good for his health, good for his help, and good for his house. He is satisfied with the providence of God. God in his providence knows what is best and is good, Go to your sanctuary, the place where you and God meet and then you will understand.
III. Shielded Saints in the Scandal (9-11)
There is the Low Life of Saul who has attempted in every way to kill David, but it is Saul that is slain by the sword eventually.
There is the Lordship of Life as David is looking to the future King of Kings, Jesus in the Millennial Reign or looking to his own advancement as the King of Israel. In all the extremities of persecution and slander, David has been buoyed along by a strong hope and great faith as to the future. He does not take the Low Life of Saul in retaliation and anger, but submits to the Lord as to his future. He is determined to welcome the Lord in his life by faith although under attack.
Also, there is the Lion of Life. Satan is the father of lies and all liars will be stopped just like God stopped the mouths of the lions in the presence of Daniel, a man of prayer and faith. Daniel was shielded in the scandal. David, is now taking to himself the same shield, the shield of faith.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory:
Will you build a church in your wilderness?