Dark and difficult days are a fact of life. Paul spoke to Timothy of “perilous days” (2nd Timothy 3:1). About a thousand years prior, David cried: “Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men” (Psalm 12:1). As he surveyed the scene, David observed a nauseating abundance of ungodliness—idle speaking, flattery, duplicity (v. 2); arrogance (v. 3); the complete absence of self-control (v. 4).
Yet, David did not despair (vv. 5-7). He knew that Jehovah was never indifferent to such evil nor passive toward those oppressed by evildoers (v. 5). Because the words of the Lord are pure (v. 6) and sure (v. 7), David could live securely though “the wicked prowl on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men” (v. 8).
Jehovah remains unchanged. Though dark days come when the wicked strut and prowl, and many exalt vile and vain things, Jehovah provides shelter and perpetual preservation from this perverse generation.
There are valid, unchanging reasons for hope in dark days. There are valid, unchanging reasons for hope today.