SOURCE: Ray Ortlund
What do you have going for you when everything is against you? What will not fail you when what you thought was true and solid and real collapses beneath you? Who will stand by you when friends forsake you and enemies see their opportunity? What works when everything is on the line but nothing else is working?
This experience is inevitable.
We don’t have to go looking for it. It will come find us.
God himself wrote it into our scripts. But when this happens, we are forced to ask the basic question: What can I count on when I can’t count on anything else?
Psalm 139 is where to go for the answer. When David found himself in that catastrophic place, he dug down into the foundations of his very existence. This is the unchanging bedrock he found there:
God, you know me (verses 1-6).
God, you are with me (verses 7-12).
God, you made me (verses 13-18).
The psalm then turns on the hinge of verse 18b: “I awake, and I am still with you.” David wakes up from his contemplations, lost for a while in his thoughts, and he is still with God as he returns mentally to “the real world” where nothing has changed. But he has changed. He has been renewed by meditating on God’s intensely personal care for him. His boldness returns:
God, I am wholeheartedly for you (verses 19-24).
“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God” (Psalm 139:17).