David is overwhelmed. He sees himself as a drowning man engulfed by the waves. He faces death at Saul’s hands. He is pursued by his enemies. He has lost friends and family. He is alienated from everyone. He is alone.
This picture of being overwhelmed is one that was described to me recently on a visit to Beirut, where I chaired a meeting of Barnabas Fund’s Syrian Church Leaders Advisory Council. The leaders spoke of the conditions facing Christians in Syria, of being overwhelmed, drowned, reaching the very depths. Yet, two and a half years ago Christians in the Middle East, together with secular Muslims and others, had had great hope. The Arab Spring, as it was called, promised much. However, the Islamists (followers of political Islam) very soon took control: in Egypt and Tunisia by the ballot box, but elsewhere through a process of subversion and violence. (more…)