Posted by: bellissimanh | November 18, 2015

When Your World is Falling Apart

Parched earth

Environmental concept. Some images in montage provided by NASA (

Psalm 34 is one of my favorites. It’s filled with gems that I have often come back to again and again… so many blessings described, so many declarations of trust and faith. Those things alone are enough to make it amazing, but then there’s the backdrop. David wrote this Psalm during one of the darkest times of his life. He was chased out of his own country by Saul, and sought refuge in the very city where he had killed Goliath (great move, huh?) As soon as they discovered who he was, he was brought before the king and in desperation, acted like a mad-man so they would let him go. It worked, and they sent him away. From the dark recesses of a cave in Adullam, he penned Psalm 34 and gave us some of the most loved Scripture verses of all time, including these…

I will praise the Lord at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips….

I sought the Lord, and He answered me
and delivered me from all my fears….

Those who look to Him are radiant with joy;
their faces will never be ashamed….

The Angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear Him, and rescues them…

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and His ears are open to their cry for help…

The Lord is near the brokenhearted;
He saves those crushed in spirit…

The Lord redeems the life of His servants,
and all who take refuge in Him will not be punished…

I want to be like David. I want to be able to focus on the goodness of my God when the world around me feels like it’s falling apart. Paris. Lebanon. Nigeria. And even closer to home… streets in North Conway shut down as police chase after armed suspects. It’s craziness. But the Creator of the universe is not blind to the tragedy… to the brokenness.

Maybe you’re feeling it too, and maybe the desperation isn’t just from world events, but from something much more personal. A marriage that’s so fragile you fear it could be wrecked by a breath. Debt that threatens to suffocate you. A prodigal who hasn’t found the path home yet. A health issue that wears you down to the point of not even having the energy to lift your head, let alone fight for something better.

You guys, whatever has driven you into your Cave of Adullam, know this… the Lord is GOOD. He is near. He sees you. He knows you. He is FOR you.

And if you need a little help reaching out? Shoot me a message. I’d love to pray with you.

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