The Psalmist David said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove. For then I would fly away and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander off, and remain in the wilderness. I would hasten my escape from the windy tempest.” Ps.55:v6; Burdens and pressures of life became unbearable; at times seemingly impossible. He had cause to make him feel the way he did. Even though he was a man of great faith – slaying the big giant Goliath; a lion and bear with his bare hands, and many other great feats. But as you read through this Psalm you realise the very humanness of the great man. Like a dog in the wilderness he was hounded by his enemies: He was estranged from his home and family, cut off from, and betrayed by many of his friends. The situation was overwhelming. Driven by a mixture of emotions he cried out, ‘Oh that I had wings like a dove: for then I would fly away and be at rest …” How the word ‘would’ is emphasised: If only I could, I ‘would’ fly away. I ‘would’ wander off. I ‘would’ hasten my escape. He seems inconsolable. His problems and circumstances were of course, somewhat different than the norm. However, there are times when we are all prone to complex issues – family problems, sickness, stress, unemployment, poverty, an unstable matrimonial relationship, a dysfunctional home life, abuse etc. etc. You could go on and on. We all have our share. They come in all shapes and sizes. Maybe Your troubles have become unbearable and you are feeling like David, ‘if only I had .. wings, for then I would fly away and be at rest.’ Desperation sends people in all kinds of directions to find relief or consolation, maybe just a change. Some try drowning their sorrows in drink, or taking drugs. They end up in a far worse predicament. Some find other ways – more sinister – suicide being one of them – how sad. Statistics tell us suicide is the leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under thirty five yrs of age; bullying being one of the causes. David’s fantasy of ‘the wings of a dove’ only reveal the deep longing of his soul. He knew he would never keep running and hiding in caves. But his problems were too big for him to handle alone. In fact he came to the end of himself. He couldn’t grow wings. What could he do? Maybe you have come to the end. What will you or I do? You can’t escape. There are no more places to hide, particularly in today’s world. The wrong decision under pressure – like substituting wings with an alternative rout of escape, can only be temporary. The refuges and wildernesses of this world are only temporary and superficial anyway. They don’t solve the problem.
David had the answer. The metaphorical ‘wings of the dove’ and flying away to escape, was out of the question. But, he knew something – Someone – somewhere much better that will never fail – a place where solace can be found. His answer is in Psalm 61:vv.2,3; “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.” Escape his problems? What David needed was strength and power to overcome them. He also knew he could never go it alone. His God was his answer. David’s God – David’s answer is your answer.
God doesn’t give us a quick fix. Nor does He give us a short cut. But what He does do, He provides us with the secure knowledge of His abiding presence. He gives us the strength and power to overcome the difficulties that confront us.
He guides us through the storm. He continues to be ‘a very present help in the time of need.’ The rock of the Bible is Jesus. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. That means wherever you are He is with you every step of the way. All we have to do is to trust in His word: ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I Am the Lord your God…’ (Isa.43:vv.2,3;) ‘He who dwells in the secret place of the most high God shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, In Him will I trust’ Ps.91:1; Jesus Christ is the answer to every need.
God bless you.