I said, ‘Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.’
As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Psalm 55:6-8, 16-17, 22 (NIV)
Scientists tell us that as humans we have two typical reactions to trouble – flight or fight.
We can emphasise with the psalmist when he says ‘I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the storm and tempest’. Of course, running from trouble can sometimes be the right response, especially when the trouble is physical violence. But not all trouble is physical; often it might be emotional or psychological.
The psalmist highlights a third response that is available to the Christian – dependence on God. The psalmist says:
‘As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me’.
In times of trouble we can either stand and fight or run away, all in our own strength, or we can depend on God. Now depending on God involves giving up control of a situation and allowing God to sort things out. We need to recognise that ‘flight or fight’ are often the easy responses, because we retain control. Depending on God in times of trouble is a real test of faith.
The psalmist gives us great advice when he says:
‘Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken’.
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