King David said, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.” Ps. 4:1 (KJV).
Here’s a FYI to Christians who aspire to grow in their faith: David’s growth in God was preceded by this thing called “distress.”
For those of you not hip to the word distress, it means extreme pain, a state of danger or desperate need. In other words, the crap hit the fan in David’s life (many, many times) and yet, David grew.
It’s a funny thing about crap. We’ve got a spot in our massive backyard that, for whatever reason, our dogs like to fertilize. That little patch of Bermuda that they regularly pop a squat on is taller and greener than the rest of the grass that surrounds it. Why is it more radiant and healthy? Well, aside from the sunshine and rain, the only difference between it and the other turf is it gets pooped and peed on a lot, as did David (metaphorically speaking, of course).
The reason David knew God so well was because he was constantly under attack either by God’s people or God’s enemies.
The abrasive message of repentance John preached 2000 years ago is still confrontational and offensive today — but it is also life-changing.
In our putrid, worldly culture that has turned away from God, this book is a must-read for every Christian.