The Afflicted

I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:2-3

Ever feel like nobody understands you? Ever feel boxed in and can never get out? Ever feel like you’re in an impossible situation?

King David certainly understood that. He had no physical ailments that we know about but he was certainly afflicted at almost every turn when he was on the run. Even that act put him into the afflicted category. David didn’t have a special formula for getting out of the situation except by making it better in any way he knew possible. Since he couldn’t easily extricate himself, he coped by “glorying” in the Lord.

I find that when you enter into a time of true worship, the temporary things we experience in this life fade away. When we resume life, the problems are still there but we gain new perspective and insight into how to solve them. For King David, it may have been how to maintain better situational awareness about his surroundings (to stay alive). Perhaps it may have even been to relax and let the Holy Spirit sweep over him. He couldn’t practically battle his way out but he could praise.

We can learn from his experiences.

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