uplifting thoughts and inspiration on faith
O Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger nor discipline and chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
My [inner] self [as well as my body] is also exceedingly disturbed and troubled. But You, O Lord, how long [until You return and speak peace to me]?
For in death there is no remembrance of You; in Sheol (the place of the dead) who will give You thanks?
Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity,
Let all my enemies be ashamed and sorely troubled; let them turn back and be put to shame suddenly.
The Psalms are full of David’s deep, soul felt crying out to God. We are blessed because of David’s ability and willingness to strip himself bare and share his humanity, his frailty, his weakness, and his need. David battled with times of darkness, depression, loneliness, fear, and feeling abandoned by God.
“There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”
And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down
till he comes here.” So he sent and brought him in.
Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking.
And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” Then Samuel
took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers;
and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.
Furthermore King David said to all the assembly: “My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced; and the work is great, because the temple[a] is not for man but for the Lord God. Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might: gold for things to be made of gold, silver for things of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, wood for things of wood, onyx stones, stones to be set, glistening stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and marble slabs in abundance. Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,
my own special treasure of gold and silver: three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses; the gold for things of gold and the silver for things of silver, and for all kinds of work to be done by the hands of craftsmen.
This knowledge of David opens up a revelation regarding the human existence. David was chosen by God, beloved by God, honored by God, had God’s Spirit on Him, and he still had dark days. Keep this in mind when you are confronted with less than pleasant situations in your life.
The human existence, being born into an imperfect world, lacking the ability to perfect ourselves, and being subject to both visible and spiritual opposition is enough to send one straight from the womb to the funny farm. In fact, outside of the goodness and graciousness of a benevolent, loving heavenly Father, none of us would make it.
Sometimes we face troubles as a result of sin: bad choices, rushing ahead without consulting God’s perfect will and perfect timing, outright defiance.
Sometimes we face troubles as a result of other’s sin.
Sometimes we face troubles as a means of teaching and training, hardening us to difficulties, learning to trust God.
The source of the trouble is far less important than the source of our help. This is why David was a man after God’s own heart. No matter the situation, no matter how much David had to do with the trouble he was in, David always bared his soul before God leaving nothing unconfessed no matter how incriminating it might be. He knew the source of his help and he never let shame, pride, or what other’s thought of him get in the way of going straight to God.
The Psalms of David bear out the human condition as well as the heavenly answer.