When the tide of life pulls you in and down, you may feel like drowning. Bright and cheerful on the outside with a smile to cover up the hurt inside you. But deep within you feel alone, hurt, and hopeless. Many people are walking around with this kind of mask to cover the wound. Perhaps, in fear of people’s judgement and perhaps, there is not just a word to tell about it. Not even an ounce of energy is left to tell a story about it. But do you know that even in your most silent cry, there is One who hears it with a deafening wail? Do you know that in your most hurting moment when you feel alone and unheard, there is One who hears you? Do you know that when you feel like no one seems to understand you, there is One who perfectly understands? When David felt this despair, he cried to the Lord for help, “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.” – Psalm 61:1-2. He called on to the One who listens, to the One who never leaves His side, and to the One who always understands. David calls on God.
You are never alone when you are with God. This fact can never be so real unless you go down the pit and realize that you do not have the power to change the course of your life. The time when you are so down that not even your best knowledge or skill could help you rise up. It is the time when you realize that everything else is nothing without God. It is the time when you come face to face with the reality that only God can help you through it. It is only His presence in your life that can dispel fear and give you courage and comfort.
David said this, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4. This is a great revelation of how much David knew God personally. This Psalm particularly highlights how confident David was of his trust on God. He knew well that God would never leave Him. He knew very well that God will stay with Him even in the shadows of death. That is the confidence David had in the Lord! When you are walking through “the valley of the shadow of death” and life to you seems too fragile and useless, you do not have to walk alone. Call on God because He will walk with you and even carry you through it. He is a constant presence. God will never leave your side whether you are on top of the hill or in the lowest valley. God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5. Your circumstance would not determine His faithfulness. He remains faithful whatever the case may be. “If we are faithless, he remains faithful- for he cannot deny himself.” – 2 Timothy 2:13. You also do not need to fear. David said that even if he walks in danger and darkness, he does not fear. What is the reason for his courage? David’s answer is, “for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4). When fear threatens you because of your situation, call on God and hold on to Him. When God is with you, fear cannot stand by. Fear will dissolve. Like a shepherd who guards the sheep with his rod and staff, God guards and cares for each of us. He is the Shepherd (Psalm 23:1) who will never leave your side. He will comfort you when you are hurt and wounded. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3.