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If you’re familiar with the Bible, you know that David was a very interesting character. He was chosen for the throne although he didn’t fit the mold. He was wise and strong beyond his years. He was hated because of his strength and confidence in God. Sound familiar? I’m sure. I know I can definitely relate.
When David had anything on his mind, he would write psalms. Psalms are sacred songs. David wrote a psalm during a time in which he was being hated and plotted against. Let’s dig into it. Psalm 64 to be exact.
O God, listen to my complaint. Protect my life from my enemies’ threats. Hide me from the plots of this evil mob, from this gang of wrongdoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent, attacking suddenly and fearlessly. They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. “Who will ever notice?” they ask. As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning. But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down. Their own tongues will ruin them, and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. Then everyone will be afraid; they will proclaim the mighty acts of God and realize all the amazing things he does. The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him. And those who do what is right will praise him.
David found himself in a precarious situation. Although he loved and trusted God, he became a bit overwhelmed by the hate he was receiving. You know how it is when you feel like you were “picked out to be picked on”. David never asked to be chosen. He was minding his own business when God sent the prophet to anoint him to be King.
Now let me pause and say this: Although I understand the concept of “haters”, I think that word has been so overused and saturated that we all should be kinda over it at this point. Yes, there are people who hate on us for whatever reason, but we really have to be careful about how much time, attention and energy we give to those we consider to be our “haters”. I’m going to demonstrate this in this episode.
David begins his plea to God by asking that God allow him to remain hidden. He talked about how people were plotting against him. He explained what they were doing… But then, he went back to what mattered the most: God was going to handle it. All David had to do was to remain hidden.
In life, we often try to fight battles that aren’t ours to fight. God will hide us by telling us not to scroll social media for a few days, and we will feel the need to defend ourselves so we’ll get on social media only to be met by what people are saying about us. God will hide us by not allowing us to be available when certain people call, but we will pick up the phone and call them back and allow them to contaminate our spirits with their “junk”. It’s kind of like when a fight is about to break out and your friend tells you to hide behind him/her and you step out from your hiding place right into the heat of the battle.
Let me share something with you. Sometimes, it’s just best to stay hidden. One of my favorite sayings is only three words, but it’s so powerful: “God handles all.” ALL. If God hides you from it, it’s because God is handling it. Being hidden doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you’re valuable. It means that what you have within you is too precious to be poured out over things that do not matter. It means that what is in you is an investment that will be made good in time. So when God has you hidden, stay there. Trust me on that one. I attribute a lot of the heartache I’ve experienced to the fact that I did not allow myself to stay hidden. I’m not telling you to shrink down or be a coward – that’s something altogether different. But when God hides you… stay hidden. Stay protected. Stay secure. If you do, you’ll have the same testimony that David had: God handles all. Stay hidden.
Have an amazing day today. Show love to yourself AND others. Be GREAT! I speak life to you and everyone and everything connected to you! Catch me tomorrow!