Psalm 143 v 5 'I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works'
In Psalm 143, David is in great distress and under attack from his enemies. In this Psalm, he is honest about his feelings of anguish and depression; in other Psalms, David is full of joy and victory.
His circumstances were ever changing: often he was hounded by those who wanted to kill him; at times he was overwhelmed by his own sin and helplessness; but there were many occasions when he had won the victory over his enemies and was highly exalted by those around him.
Yet while his circumstances would often change, who did David look to no matter what was happening to him? The God who never changes. In the midst of his fear and despair, David says in Psalm 143, 'I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great worksand think about what you have done...For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress. In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.'
Whenever we feel fear, depression or distress, we should look back and remember the times God has done great things for us personally, and for His people at large. Remember that He never changes and that He will bring glory to His name, remain faithful and be ever loving towards us. And so we have hope for the future, knowing He will bring us out of this distress, silence all our enemies and destroy all our foes!