In Psalm 56 David brings his troubles to God, and ends by saying he will continue to praise and thank God. This is beautiful because David faced many hardships that we could never imagine. David faced Braveheart sized troubles, and many of our troubles pale in comparison. I don’t mean to say our struggles are any less valid or critical, I am simply trying to provide a mental picture of the struggles David constantly faced. Who knows how many times David’s life was threatened and he nearly died? His life was in constant turmoil, in part due to his sin with Bathsheba and God’s punishment (2 Samuel 12:1-15), but despite his constant struggles, David held firm in his faith in God and continually sang God’s praises.
David turned to song to express how he was feeling. He sang to God during times of happiness, but more importantly, he sang to God during his darkest moments.
“You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?”Psalm 56:8-11
Singing in the darkness
When we’re in the middle of our own darkness, it can be hard to press on and simply exist, so for some of us it may seem impossible to think of singing in the darkness. However, music has the power to help us express and process our emotions, which can help us make our way out of the darkness we are experiencing (Psychology Today).
If you’re currently in a dark place and feel as if you’ll never escape it, please know that you are not alone. You are loved, and you matter.
In addition to seeking appropriate help whether that’s confiding in a friend, speaking with your pastor, or getting counseling, try singing in the darkness. You may be surprised with how therapeutic it can be, especially when you are able to sing words that resonate with you at the top of your lungs.
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