People often live in the swirl of incessant commotions.
Commotions are subtle energetic situations that keep us spiritually distracted and emotionally drained if they remain unresolved. Commotions conflict with well-being. Commotions countermand the status of serenity we crave for our days and our nights.
In many instances, the attitudes and actions of other people stir up commotions. Pesky circumstances inflame commotions. Sometimes our own stupidity instigates lingering commotions.
Regardless, commotion is comparable to a thick smoke that surrounds the senses of the soul. Knowing which way to turn is impaired. Insight is seriously obscured. Frustrations often set in to the point of making a person want to scream out loud for lack of relief and peace.
However, we take from one of the experiences of David how to most effectively deal with commotion. His son, Absalom, stirred up a great deal of commotion for David. Absalom successfully excited the people to make him king instead of David. In the face of Absalom’s approaching army, David and those still true to him fled Jerusalem and disappeared into the Wilderness of Judah.
At some point early in the retreat, David wrote a particular psalm. Despite the commotion swirling about him, David wrote calmly and expressively about communing with God.
Communing with God was a key factor for David being able to deal with the commotion Absalom was instigating. It is from David’s psalm that we learn an incredible and valuable lesson to practice — commune with God to combat the commotion.
Communing with God means that the emotional and spiritual distractions are shut out in order to focus on God. “O God, you are my God. Early I will seek you.” These are words which exemplify exact focus on God.
It takes time to focus on God. It takes effort to focus on God. It takes concentration to focus on God. We should, we can, and we must take time, effort and concentration to focus on God, who is the only One that can bring relief from the distractions and heartaches of commotions.
Focus on God amounts to the exact opposite of what commotions accomplish by turning our focus away from God. Inner peace starts with focus on God. Why do we forget that so often and so easily?
Communing with God means that we verbally and prayerfully praise God. David wrote, “My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips.” There is something very valuable about praising God during commotional times in that verbal praise of God affects our eyes. Praise causes us to look up toward God. Instead of looking around at the swirls of commotion, praise of God lifts our sight.
Remember the example of Apostle Peter. He wanted to walk on the water with the Lord. And, he did for a moment as he kept looking at the Lord. But, when he got to looking around at the commotion of swirling waves and blowing winds, he sank. What we look at is important! Verbal praise of God lifts our look and makes a vital difference. Would you not rather image God as David did than the discouraging circumstances?
Communing with God means that we purposely take advantage of God’s help. David told God, “I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings,” which is one of the most tender references to be found in the Word of God concerning the help of God.
“Wings” refers to quick, definitive action. So, we depend upon God to help quickly and definitively resolve the commotion swirling around us.
But, then, there is the reference to “shadow.” God’s wings, which are associated with His help, cast an important shadow. It is a shadow which never changes. There is no “variableness” with the shadow God’s wings casts. It never gets short. It always stays steady.
Then, there is the constant comfort of the shadow cast by God’s wings. A shadow makes for incredible shade from the heat during the course of a hot day. By contrast, communing with God cast an effective and protective shadow when we have to deal with the heat generated by swirling commotions.
If you want to combat the commotion, commune with God.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.