Topic: When Rejection Comes – “Our Daily Journey” | Date: Friday, 16 March 2018.
Scripture: Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close (Psalm 27:10).
Read: Psalm 27:1-14
“Would you say ‘stay’ when God says ‘go’?” Eliza Davis George asked the leaders of the Texas Baptist Convention in 1913. Two years earlier this woman, a daughter of former slaves, was called by God to be a missionary to Africa. Because she was an African-American woman, however, the leaders discouraged her from going, even publicly humiliating her. Yet, buoyed by prayer, Eliza eventually sailed to Liberia. And thousands of villagers learned about Jesus during her years there. The legacy of her work continues today.
David also experienced rejection from people in addition to many other trials in his life. In Psalm 27 we get a taste of some of the ups and downs he experienced. Yet in each situation, whether he was facing evil people (Psalm 27:2), an entire army (Psalm 27:3), or even rejection from family (Psalm 27:10), David handled these difficulties by finding His confidence in God.
He began the psalm by asserting God’s foundational significance in his life, “my light and my salvation . . . my fortress” (Psalm 27:1). He had complete confidence in God’s character, based on how He had saved him in the past (Psalm 27:9). No matter what happened, David knew he didn’t have to be afraid. Instead, he found confidence through seeking the presence of God. This pursuit was not a mere duty. Instead, it was the deepest desire of his heart to “live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord ’s perfections and meditating in his Temple” (Psalm 27:4).
When we feel we need to perform a certain way or face rejection, like David, we can remind ourselves to “wait patiently for the Lord ” (Psalm 27:14). He has promised us mercy and grace when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16).