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Rock Bottom

The rock at the bottom of rock bottom is Jesus. He is our friend, our guide, our rescuer. We’ve all experienced seasons of life when nothing goes our way. Maybe our mistakes have caught up with us, or maybe we’re struggling through difficult circumstances that threaten to overwhelm us at any moment.

When David wrote Psalm 25, he wanted desperately to do God’s will. But whether it was the battle within his own heart to do the right thing or the battle against real enemies who wanted to end his kingship, the fight was wearing David out. He was desperate and scared. Psalm 25 speaks to us out of David’s pain. He pleads with God, “Let me not be put to shame” (verse 2). In other words, don’t let me fail! The whole of Psalm 25 is David’s way of reminding himself that God won’t fail him, ever. “None who wait for you shall be put to shame” (verse 3).

What is the “rock” David stands on in this Psalm? It is the safety that comes from God’s wisdom to stay out of trouble (verses 4-5), God’s overwhelming mercy over David’s mistakes (verses 6-7), and ultimately His blessing of friendship and its benefits on those who are humble and broken enough to admit that they can’t do life without His help.

“Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well being and his offspring shall inherit the land” (verses 12-13). Today, if you are wrestling with difficult circumstances, pray that promise back to God and rest in it, just like David did.

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