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Job endured foolish friends, who then enjoyed his intercession and God’s grace.  Now we look at the endurance of David, who had good friends and really bad enemies.  We may struggle with friends who need to grow a bit more, but what do we do when we have no doubt that a violent threat is looking for us?  God offers peace when men offer only war.  You may enter his sanctuary when you call on his name.

David the young shepherd looks ahead to life with confidence.  His job assignment is the first of many responsibilities he will carry.  David praises God for being his guardian during serious danger.  He made his praise permanent in songs we remember as the Psalms today.  This first Psalm points away from the enemies of God and offers assurance to the faithful.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.  Psalm 1: 1-6

You have your blessing when you don’t try to take it from your enemies.  You can’t appease the unrighteous and please God.  There is an anchorage in God that holds us against the same storm that scatters those who attempt to turn you with fear.  Their heart reveals their darkness to the God who gives us light.  The law is light and it is the word.  The word is Messiah with us, Emanuel.

Nature tells us that worldly wisdom is strong, but we see that the supernatural is superior.  From the beginning David possesses the confidence to tend the sheep and later to tend his nation.  Even this second Psalm considers the ways of kings and nations.  It is possible that like Joseph, young David may have had assurance from God of his destiny in leadership.  It is also true that this Psalm introduces us to a type or shadow of the Messiah.  This is a word of prophesy from God to the shepherd.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.  Psalm 2: 1-12

For a young man any invitation which God shares about the future is reassuring.  David has observed the behavior of nations and Kings and considers God to be the assurance of justice for all.  David has been given a small responsibility for his flock, but God will send trials for even this early charge.  David has the faith to see his victory in life.

Long before I became a Christian I discovered that the Psalms deliver a soothing calm that would let me go to sleep in peace.  I didn’t need to be drunk or high to face the night with quiet and rest.  David’s songs (Psalms) soothed a mad king Saul, and they can also soothe men today.  If you are hearing threats or suspect danger, join the shepherd in his cave as he sings of his faithful God.

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