Who Is Your Foundation?
Today is a day of many uncertainties. It seems as though everything changes from day to day and there are new developments by the hour. Mankind longs for stability and consistency in life, but what do you do when your environment and circumstances are anything but stable? We see a great lesson described in Scripture in Psalm 71.
In Psalm 71, David recognizes that he too is trying to fight against instability. Many Bible scholars believe this is another passage in which David is running from Absalom, his son. But in Psalm 71:1, David asks the LORD to "... let me never be put to confusion." Confusion literally means instability in this verse. It is in this passage that David reveals how to fight against instability in his life; it is simply to put his trust in God. In verse 3, he asks God to be "... my strong habitation, ... my rock and my fortress."
First, one of the keys to having stability in an unstable environment is to stay in the presence of God, even in the midst of an unstable environment and the circumstances of life. This is a great example for us to follow in our own lives. We must stay in the presence of our God, for He is our only rock and consistent stability in life.
Second, David also recognizes God to be his stability in an unstable way of life because he remembers how God was his stability in the past. In verses 5-8, David remembers that "... thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth." He remembers how God was his stability when he was young. It is important to look back in our lives and recall what God has done to be our stability and strength when we needed it most. When we do this, we remember His faithfulness in the past and have confidence in His faithfulness for today.
Lastly, to have stability in an unstable environment, we must recall all the wonderful works of God in our lives in the past to testify of God's great deeds that have been in our lives. In verses 14-20, David talks about not only how he has seen God do great things in the past, but he tells of his sharing these works of God with others and his desire to continue to share how great his God is in his present circumstances. Verses 14-15 say, "But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; ..." This points the praise to his God and gives him further confidence in His ability in the future. What a great truth for us to follow in our unstable environment today.
As you face your unstable environment, I encourage you to follow the example that David sets before us. First, stay in the presence of God daily to be your stability. Second, take time to remember what God has done in your past. Lastly, share what God has done in your life with those around you. When we follow this example, we too will find our stability in God in an unstable environment.
Written by Andy Horner