If you were to make a list of the worst days of your life, what would you put down?
It's a painful thought exercise to engage in, I admit. But, the truth be told, the worst days of our lives shape us just as much as our best ones.
In the book of Psalms we read about some of the worst days in David's life.
Psalm 54 was written when David was running for his life. Why was this? After Saul had sinned, the Lord chose David to replace him as king. Enraged, Saul sought to track down and kill David.
Psalm 54 is one of the many prayers or hymns of David. It begins with the following superscription: When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, "Is not David hiding among us?"
Even as he once more had to literally run for his life, David declared:
"Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me."
Years later, David once again had to flee for his life. This time, it was from his own son. Absalom was trying to kill his father in order to replace him as king of Israel. What made matters even worse was that David had brought this disaster upon himself. He had taken Uriah's wife and slept with her. Bathsheba became pregnant. David was desperate to cover up his adultery. In the end, he had Uriah killed. Through the prophet Nathan, the Lord confronted David with his sin. As punishment, the child conceived by Bathsheba would die. David was also told that because he had taken Uriah's life, the sword would never depart from his house. This prophecy came true when Absalom sought to kill him.
In the midst of what was surely one of the worst days of his life, David declared in Psalm 3:
"I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me."
On the worst days of our lives can we say the same?