David knew some incredible moments in life. He defeated Goliath and won a huge victory; he was anointed king and was successful in the military; he had the favor of the people and was married to a princess. David also experienced life at its lowest. The king hated him and tried to kill him, he lost his wife and had to flee for his life, he was in a cave and totally alone. While there, he wrote some poetry, pouring out his heart to the Lord.
I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy.
I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles.
David was alone and very low. He had no one to turn to except the Lord, and he realized that God was all he needed (Psalm 146:5). Most of us have also experienced the low, cave moments of life – where life seems dark, we feel alone, and there seems to be no hope. I have also been in some caves in my life: when my parents divorced, when my child was ambulanced to the hospital, when I have struggled in finances; when my childhood cat was mauled to death.
Life is tough; God knows this and He is with us. He wants to hear our struggles and complaints. It is OK even to struggle with God; that is what happens in the caves of life. Life is broken. We broke it. God is not cleaning up our spilled milk for us; He is working in us and through us to put the world – and our broken hearts – back together again.