“To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul, for You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy [lovingkindness] to all those who call upon You . . . But You, O LORD, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy [steadfast love, lovingkindness] and truth [faithfulness]” (Psalm 86:5, 15).
A “mob of violent men” were seeking to kill David. He felt – and was, - poor and needy” (86:14, 1). Once again, he faced a dire and dangerous situation. At those times, when our circumstances tempt us to doubt God’s love for us, we must remember that God is “good,” and “great, and [does] wondrous things” (5,10).
The hardships and difficulties he allows – or even sends – into our life do not indicate his lack of love for us. When doubts assail us, we must choose to believe his Word, not the world within our around us. He is with us, and he is for us.
Furthermore, like David we must remember that our real “circumstance” is our sin, which separates us from God and threatens us with eternal death, and that God has decisively delivered us from this ultimate danger through the saving work of Christ. No matter what, therefore, we can be sure that he is good, for he has shown his mercy, love, and faithfulness to us by forgiving our sins.