Psalm 142: 5 (NASB) I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.6 “Give heed to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are too strong for me.7“Bring my soul out of prison, So that I may give thanks to Your name; The righteous will surround me, For You will deal bountifully with me.”
In today’s Word Psalm 142:5–6, David asked the Lord to change his circumstances: to deal justly with his persecutors and to honor His promise to make David king. David also recognized the greater need for God to change his state of mind. He asked to be released from the mental, emotional prison of depression. Many times in order to know what to do or not to do in life, we have to reflect on those that have paved the way for us like King David. Notice then his song takes a dramatic turn. It’s unlikely his attitude had changed before completing the hymn. Nevertheless, David decided to change his lyrics and tune literally. The last two lines of the psalm use a Hebrew literary device in which the past tense anticipates a future event. It’s like saying, “What the Lord will do in the future is as good as done.” Looking into the future, David declares, “The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me” (142:7).
Now we need this leadership lesson for our lives family of God! David is looking ahead and claiming, by faith, a time of genuine victory. He is declaring that God will again use him and cause others to surround him and look to him for leadership. Why? Because he trusts that God will use these distressing, difficult days to give him maturity and inner strength and stability. He is confident that healing will come, and be in his life.
Believe me when I tell you, God doesn’t use us in the lives of other people because we do some things, but rather because we are something (we are the Lord’s people). People do not long to be around one who does a lot of things as much as they want to be around one who is what they respect, admire, and believe in. It is greatness of character and a life with depth that earns the respect of others. Those who have been battered and buffeted, bruised and melted in the furnace of affliction, and then emerge with emotional stability and inner strength! They are the ones who have a ministry in the lives of others.
Remember, here on earth you are in the schoolroom of life. The Lord is the Teacher, and no one can give a more complete exam than our Lord! I recommend this song to all who are wrestling with the daily grind of depression today. Have a fantastic day family of God and sing your New Song!