The story is an old one. Spirituality fluctuates between a wasteland and vibrancy. This narrative reoccurs throughout time. King David experienced it.
As people grapple with the current crisis, some will trod this well-worn path. Others may never reach the vibrancy.
In Psalm 30 David recounted a time when he had felt self-assured and secure. “In my self-confidence I said, ‘I will never be shaken'” (Psalm 30:6).
How he was living is not difficult to imagine. It might sound reminiscent of our lives. We acquired a decent job. Enjoyed the occasional promotion. Started a family. As we poured our efforts into living we achieved stability. We felt like we were in charge and the good times would never end.
The reality, however, is all such blessings come from God (Deuteronomy 8:18; James 1:17). And when God withholds those blessings, we realize our frailty. In David’s words, “LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed” (Psalm 30:7). Crisis ensued.
Crises present opportunities. We have the opportunity to remember we are but dust. God is the Creator. Duress grants our hearts the option of centering our lives upon God rather than upon ourselves.
David chose wisely. “To you, O LORD, I cried out; I begged the Lord for mercy … ‘Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me. O LORD, deliver me'” (Psalm 30:7,10).
When God mercifully rescues, the proper response is praise like David’s outpourings. “You turned my lament into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and covered me with joy. So now my heart will sing to you and not be silent; O LORD my God, I will always give thanks to you” (Psalm 30:11-12).
If we are wise, these lessons learned in crisis will remain etched upon our hearts. We are mortal. God mercifully provides. God’s provisions enable us to enjoy stability. We are always dependent upon God. The Creator who has shown his loving kindness is worthy of praise. If we are wise, praise will be part of our daily routine.