“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name,” Psalm 86:11 (KJV).
“Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you,” Psalm 86:11 (NLT).
Have you ever found yourself in a place of deep distress and you had no one to call on? No one could come to your rescue. No one could aid or assist you, and you had no one to talk to in the natural?
Your enemy is on your trail desiring to persecute you. All you can do is cry unto the Lord, your God, for help from this trouble and pain that was so great that you needed the Lord to preserve (maintain) you and keep you. Keep my soul, oh Lord!
When David slayed Goliath (the giant), King Saul put David over the men of war. Saul did not even know who David was. Saul was then introduced to David when he was asked for someone to play the harp. Saul was troubled in his soul and the music from David’s harp calmed him. Saul loved David like a son.
But Saul was rejected by God as King and David was chosen to be the next King. All David wanted to do was serve God and at the right time take over His kingdom as King.
Saul had mental and spiritual problems. God had not chosen him as King. When David came in from battle, all the people would praise him more than Saul. Saul could not take it.
“Jealousy is as cruel as the grave.”
Saul saw David as a threat to his kingdom, but God was turning the hearts of the people of Israel to their new King David. Saul was not right with God, so he was not happy for David. Saul didn’t obey God’s commandments and turned back from following God. He gave a sacrifice that only the priest was allowed to give. Saul even tried to make excuses for his sin, claiming that he just wanted to offer sacrifices to God (1Samuel 13:1-15:33).
Saul tried to kill David. “I will destroy you for you are a threat to my power as King.” So David withdrew himself from Saul, and cried unto the Lord “and asked the Lord to bow down His ear, to hear me: for I am poor and needy in my soul. Protect my life, I am your faithful servant and you are my God; save me from Saul, be gracious to me, Lord, for I call to you day and night. Give me your joy, for you are kind and forgiving. You abound in faithful love to all who call on you.”
Hear my prayer, Lord. Give ear to my plea for mercy. All the nations will bow down and will honor your name. For you are great and perform wonders.
Teach me your way, Lord, and I will live by your truth. Give me your strength show me a sign of your goodness. My enemies will see your strength and be put to shame for you have helped me and comforted me.
When it is God’s way, your enemy will try to kill you. In 1 Samuel 26:2, Saul was trying to kill David again. This was his third time.
Saul pinned him to a wall, drove a spear into it, and sent men to David’s house to kill him in the morning. But when it’s not God’s way, you can’t escape it.
How is it that the same entity who said you would be King in 1 Samuel 24:20 is trying to kill you again in 1 Samuel 26:2? It’s all about God’s will.
Sometimes our trouble or pain is so great that all we can do is cry out to God for help. When there is no relief in sight, all we can do is acknowledge the greatness of God and wait on Him. God will answer your prayers and sustain you in difficult times.
God will come through just for you at the right time when you are in His will.