As we face the unexpected crisis of isolating in our homes, many of us find ourselves coping with unprecedented stress and troubles. The circumstances oppress us and we struggle to live among those we may find prickly at times. David spent years under the oppression of a spiritually tormented enemy, forced to dwell in caves with difficult men. Though he had been anointed as the next king, he suffered isolation and lack of supplies for longer than he could possibly have imagined.
Many celebrate this Lenten season as a time of preparation for Easter, acknowledging our Savior’s sacrifice by humbling ourselves. Some choose to fast in recognition of Jesus’ forty days of fasting in the wilderness. We can also remain mindful of the three days between Christ’s entombment in the cave and His resurrection which brought us all hope of new life beyond the grave and torment of our mortality. In an interesting parallel, David wrote Psalm 57 from his apparently hopeless situation of cave-dwelling before entering his royal destiny.
Today’s devotional video invites us to pray and worship according to the example in Psalm 57.