back & forth

Creak… Creak… Creak… Back and forth the front porch swing glides. When our middle child is home I know at some point he will make his way to the swing out front. As a child he would spend hours on the swing set in the backyard as his dog ran around his feet. I would often pause to look out the window and watch him swing back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.

As I read Psalm 57 I thought of this blessed memory. As David pours out his heart to God during his struggles, he goes back and forth, back and forth. Check out an excerpt-

“I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. They spread a net for my feet- I was bowed down in distress… I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.” Psalm 57: 4-6, 9 (NIV, 1984)

Sure, David had problems. The inspiration for this writing was when he fled from Saul into the cave. David looked at his circumstances. Then he looked at God. To his troubles and his pursuers. Then back to God. Back and forth. Back and forth. Then he seemed to land on God’s side as the last 5 of 11 verses exalt the name of God.

What a great example for us. Many are walking through hard times today. Let us pause and look to God with His praise on our lips. Then as we face our troubles again, let us remember to do a little swinging throughout the day to sing his praise in the midst of challenges. If we follow this pattern set out by David we too can end our day more focused on lifting up God than feeling so lost in the despair of our troubles.

Lord, thank you for this man David, so strong and mighty yet so willing to bear his heart. From him you have taught me so much about how to have a heart after you. Teach me to do a little swinging during the troubles of life, to lift you up in every circumstance and to land on my knees before You. Amen!

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