Psalm 62:8 (ESV) … “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah”
In my hometown there is a river—not a big river, but big enough to carry the commerce of the high seas. It is a tidal river and since it has almost come to the end of its journey when it reaches my town it experiences a considerable ebb and flow. Twice a day the tide pours in its inexhaustible floods. The heavens on high exert all their force and the mighty Atlantic surrenders, of its vast abundance, some of its heaving billows. In they come and the river fills from bank to bank. What a sight it is! But then, twice every day, that tide, having reached its flood, begins to ebb. The waters hurry back whence they came, back to the great basins of the sea. Gradually the mud banks reappear, the river sinks lower in its channel, and all the ugliness and debris hidden by the tides reappear. At last the river appears what it really is, just a local stream enjoying a measure of fortune and fame because it was so near the tide.
That is what was happening to David. The tide was running out. The fortunes of empire were ebbing fast. The full flood seemed to have turned for Absalom. David’s men, who were not familiar with the law of the tide, could only see the swift ebb of David’s fortunes, and the full flood of Absalom’s popularity. They were beginning to have second thoughts. David talked to them about trusting aright. Look beyond the tide, he said. All the forces of high Heaven would pull back these receding seas. The ebb would set in for poor Absalom only too soon. Our full flood will come again. Look up! Look to God: “Trust in Him at all times; ye People.”