Uncovering Your Purpose: Extreme Faith Through Trials and Pain

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I love looking at David’s life as an example of someone who followed God and trusted him, no matter what situation he was in. Before David became the king, he spent a period of his life on the run from King Saul, who wanted to kill him because he was angry and jealous of David. He had to hide in caves from men who were pursuing him, and he spent a lot of time alone. Through this time, God drew David closer to him, and David learned to depend solely on his heavenly father. As I read Psalm 31, the pain he is experiencing is palpable, but even greater is his love and faithfulness to God. To read all of chapter 31, click here.

For the choir director: A psalm of David. O LORD, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be put to shame. Rescue me, for you always do what is right. Bend down and listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be for me a great rock of safety, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this peril. Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone. I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God. I hate those who worship worthless idols. I trust in the LORD. I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to my enemy but have set me in a safe place. Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress. My sight is blurred because of my tears. My body and soul are withering away. I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Misery has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within. I am scorned by all my enemies and despised by my neighbors — even my friends are afraid to come near me. When they see me on the street, they turn the other way. I have been ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot. I have heard the many rumors about me, and I am surrounded by terror. My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life. But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, “You are my God!” My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
- Psalm 31: 1-15

Eventually, David became the King of Israel and was blessed richly by God, both spiritually and materially. But prior to these blessings was a period of trial. How David’s faith in God must have been tested and stretched in that time! He was constantly on the run. It must have been so exhausting to never be able to rest without worrying about being found. If I were David, I would wonder why I wasn’t getting a break. I imagine crying out to God, “Why am I constantly running? When will my pursuers be stopped? Will I ever emerge victorious, or will I always be running?”

Deep down, David knew that God had better things for him. He had already been chosen and anointed as Saul’s successor. He knew that someday, he would be the king of Israel. But I’m willing to bet that in the struggle he faced, these promises did not seem very real to him. It might have been hard to believe that riches, power, and influence were in store for the boy who was running from the king. But even when hope was nowhere in sight and the promises of God seemed like a distant dream, David cried out to God in his distress. He found rest in his Savior, even when he was physically tired. And God, being the loving and faithful God that he is, delivered him from his enemies and heaped blessings on him as a reward for his faith.

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Lauren D'Alessandro
As the founder of The You Are Project’s print magazine and blog, Lauren is passionate about developing publications that inspire creativity and action. Lauren is the Editor-in-Chief of You Are REAL and the creator and manager of our website. Her dream is to continue using writing and publications as tools for communicating God’s love to the world. Keep up with her latest endeavors at laurendalessandro.com.