Few things are more difficult to face than rejection--whether it comes from an adult child, a parent, a spouse, a friend with whom you’ve made yourself vulnerable, a co-worker, an employer, a teacher, or someone you’ve dated. Our reading today includes the first of three days in Psalm 18. This psalm is written by David--an expert in rejection. As a young man David experiences a meteoric rise in popularity after his victory over Goliath. He is made a military commander, marries King Saul’s daughter, and becomes the close friend of Saul’s son and heir, Jonathan.
But King Saul’s initial warmth and gratitude soon morphs into an intense, hate-filled jealousy that leads to six separate attempts on David’s life. David is forced to flee and escapes into exile--for as long as 10 years. David is separated from his wife, his home, his position, his mentor and counselor Samuel, as well as his friend Jonathan. And yet in this psalm David remembers that God had protected him and rescued him--and had made him Israel’s second and greatest king. Notice that the focus in this psalm is on God, not Saul or David’s other enemies. In the first verse David openly states his love for God. Further, multiple times David tells us that he called on God and he heard him.
God waits for us to do the same. Go to him. Call on him. The Lord’s protection of us is limitless--and we can rest in that.
Question of the day: When faced with rejection, how can you remember God's love?
Prayer: Father, I do love you and know that you hear me. You also know my heart and the pain that I feel today. Please fill me with your Spirit, give me your wisdom to navigate this situation, your grace in any necessary conversations and steps you have for me, and the peace that comes as I trust and rest in you. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.