In the darkest moments, when the Psalmist cries to God for help, his words of despair are permeated with a deeper belief that God is there and that God will answer. He believes, against all appearances, that God will hear him.
Rescue me from the mud! Don’t let me sink!
Deliver me from those who hate me,
from the deep water!
Don’t let the current overpower me!
Don’t let the deep swallow me up!
Don’t let the Pit devour me!
Psa 69.14-15 NET
Confusion may reign, the hurt may throw him at the foot of death, circumstances may appear hopeless, but underneath it all lies a bedrock of faith in the benevolent purpose of God.
Many are the reasons why he possesses such a faith, but its essence derives from his knowledge of history, his own and his people’s. God is faithful. He holds to his promises. He has never failed his people.
Israel told the story of her creation and redemption time and again to her children. That story was preserved in Scripture.
Let the church tell, without shame nor revision, the inspired story of the faithfulness of God in Christ. It is this history, contained in the pages of Scripture, that will secure us to the Rock and feed our hope in the darkest hour.