Last Sunday our church family studied Psalm 142, the last of David’s three “cave psalms.” David is in a dire place. In his own words, he is “desperate, overwhelmed, and about to give up.” He likens the cave to a “dungeon” where he has been trapped by his enemies.
To make matters worse, he feels all alone, with no one to turn to for help. Listen to his heart. Perhaps you can relate:
I look to my left and right to see if there is anyone who will help,
but there’s no one who takes notice of me.
I have no hope of escape, and no one cares whether I live or die. (verse 4)
No one sees. No one cares.
His feelings of isolation, rejection and loneliness are as thick as the darkness surrounding him.
David needs an ally; instead, he is all alone.
Perhaps you’ve never seen it this way, but have you ever embraced loneliness as a valued friend? A friend is someone who helps us in our time of need. How can something as painful as loneliness be considered a friend?
Loneliness reminds us that when everything we hold dear is stripped away – friends, family, fame or fortunes – there is only One who remains. That’s when loneliness, like a faithful friend, grabs our hand and leads us into the presence of our Father.
Look where loneliness led David:
So I cried out to you, Lord, my only hiding place.
You’re all I have, my only hope in this life,
my last chance for help. (verse 5)
David discovered a valuable life principle:
You’ll never know God is all you need until God is all you have.
In the profound darkness of the “cave seasons” of life, you see with amazing clarity that which is of supreme value.
In the depths of despair and loneliness, David experienced the Lord’s presence. This became more valuable to him than life itself!
I’m energized every time I enter
your heavenly sanctuary to seek more of your power
and drink in more of your glory.
3 For your tender mercies mean more to me than life itself.
How I love and praise you, God!
Psalm 63:2-3 TPT
Loneliness becomes a great friend when we allow our pain to point us to our only lasting Source of pleasure – God Himself.
Be energized by His presence!
Drink in His glory!