Back’s Against the Wall?

We call them “no win” situations, when the odds are stacked against you, when the rug has been pulled from beneath you. Between a rock and hard place is incredibly frustrating to those wanting some blue sky. Runners get trapped in the pack, unable to break to the outside to start their kick. Much of life is like that. Forces are pulling you back or blocking your way. Worse, the forces are not natural road blocks, but those actively engaged in attempting to erode your chances to succeed. Instead of thriving you’re diving for cover, using valuable time and energy on defense.

In this context read Psalm 31. If you see yourself, there’s hope in the Psalmist’s conclusions. He’s thought it through. He’s assessed his plight. Despite the odds, despite the unreturned calls, all along the Lord’s got his back, and he’ll have yours.

You have seen my affliction; you have known the troubles of my soul, and You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a large place. Psalm 31:7-8

The Lord sees what you’re dealing with. He’s not let the enemy in whatever form get the best if you. He’s always got the upper hand. As such, we think we’re on shaky ground, but he’s set us “in a large place.”

You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues. Psalm 31:20

We can be paralyzed by what may be going on behind our backs, real or imagined. Most times it’s real, because evil is real. We don’t really want to be a conspiracy theorist but most times the handwriting is clearly visible on the wall. Try as you might, the “strife of tongues” is extremely hard to conceal. Nevertheless, our God hides us in “the secret place,” and that’s in his presence. There, no one can touch us.

He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city. Psalm 31:21

When you’re under siege, you’re surrounded, cut off from supplies physically, and terrorized psychologically. With time the attack will come, but in many cases, those inside the wall turn on each other, as do our thoughts on us. The Lord knows what you’re going through. What you need most is his lovingkindness, which is is not in short supply.

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand.” Psalm 31:14-15

The Lord wants our back against the wall with nowhere to run. Why? Because he wants to force us to trust in him. He’s got control of whatever dire circumstances we’re encountering. We need only to yield control and the outcome to him! When we finally throw up our hands and admit our times are in his, we’ve arrived at that “large place,” that “secret place,” where his lovingkindness abounds.

[All scripture NASB]

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. I defy more categorization than that. Been studying the Word for 40 years and counting.
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