I have no other resort now!
Have you been in a situation when you feel that you have no place to turn to? There is nobody to rely on. Everybody is an enemy. In this dark situation, the psalmist calls on to God, saying, “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.”
The psalmist believes that God is the Creator. He also believes that he can find escape if God reveals the secret paths. “Make me to know your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”
Then he remembers that God is also a holy God. Maybe God would not reveal the whole truth because of his sins that he committed in his youth. So he asks God’s mercy. “Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!”
God promises that God will forgive all the sins confessed and repented. God cannot lie. This is the sure foundation on which the psalmist stands. If we are just humble and acknowledge our sinfulness and weakness, God would help us! “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.”
Once we humble ourselves and belong to God, now our problems become God’s problem. God has to solve them for God’s name’s sake. “For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who are they that fear the Lord? He will teach them the way that they should choose. They will abide in prosperity, and their children shall possess the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring meout of my distress. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.”
When God accepts us as God’s children, now we can ask God to protect us and provides us with all the things that we need. “Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. O guard my life, and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all its troubles.”
Now we do not feel like orphans anymore. Orphans, they do not have anybody to protect their rights and safety when the enemies come after them. However, we are not orphans. We have the Father who can and will act for us! We can turn to this strong and mighty Father in heaven!