“A Prayer for Relief”
You number my wanderings; Put my tears into your bottle; Are they not in Your book?
When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.
What precious words written by King David as he reflects back on being captured by the Philistines and taken in the City of Gath. He instructs the chief musician to set this to the music, “The Silent Dove in Distant Lands” A Michtam of David, which means poem. “Prayer for Relief from Tormentors.”
The thing is, David walked into the city of Gath, he was on the run from King Saul who wanted to kill him. David had wandered around in the desert for so long with the threat of death on his heels every day that stress got to him.
God truly was numbering his wanderings, watching his decisions. David sought refuge in the worst place he could have picked. He went to Gath carrying the sword of Goliath, the same city Goliath the giant was from!
Yes, they well knew who David was, their enemy, they were perplexed at his presence, David realizing what he had gotten himself into, faked insanity in order to escape the presence of his enemies. At this moment what if he had remembered his promise from God? I don’t know, but if a dude walks into my palace alone carrying the sword from my biggest Giant and greatest warrior in my kingdom, that he had killed, I might have given him whatever he asked for.
Have you ever been so stressed out that you actually went to someone you know didn’t like you for advice? I have, still to this day, not the best decision ever. This is called Torment, (pain, toil, torment, toss, vex.) The Heading of this Psalm, the Silent Dove, suggests David was not seeking hurt to anyone, the Philistines or King Saul. But most people don’t think that way.
While David was out on the lam he must have cried considerably. Reflecting back on his sufferings he realized that he had never been alone. When you are so hurt, by whatever circumstance, God takes your tears and places them in a bottle. Just like you would, if someone you loved gave you the most precious gift ever, you would place it in a location of honor.
He takes your tears and places them on a shelf in heaven and they are precious to Him, then on the day of judgment He will bring them down before those that caused you the hurt, the very Tormentors (demons) will cry for eternity.
After David had escaped Gath, he went to a place called Ziklag, which the name Ziklag is of uncertain derivation, a place in Philistine. Now David was rescued from his enemies to be, “put in a place of uncertainty.” David remained there for about sixteen months, resting and conquering, you see God needed a King. And a King must be tested. What looks like a failed test to us is a victory in God’s eyes, because no matter what, David loved God.
“No matter what, God is for me, no matter what, I still Love God.” Sometimes you just have to say that to yourself and to the enemy, and to God. You see that drives the Tormentors crazy! It’s fun to get even in the Spirit! Jump up and down and praise Him!
You can’t help but laugh, and laughter is the best medicine (Proverbs 17:22.)
He is: “El Nathan Neqamah”
“The God Who Avenges Me”
100 Names of God
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