david1

RESPONSIBILITIES

War will come.  For David it first came from wild animals threatening his flock.  He did not run from the job then, and God gave him the victory.  The first victories are the confidence of our future challenges.  David would soon have human enemies as well, and the confidence of faith will be there, even while fear made its claims.  A giant warrior, a king of Israel, and even his own son would not validate those fears against his faith.

Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.  Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.  But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.  I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.  I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.  Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.  Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.  Psalm 3:1-8

David heard the danger, and he was moved to cry out for help.  He was able to sleep, and to awaken again because God gave him the gift of another day.  David knew that he had witnessed evidence of the faithfulness of God again.  He praised God for being the source of his victory and of his enemy’s destruction.  David acknowledged his relationship with the God of salvation.  He recognized that Israel was blessed by the God of Abraham.

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.  But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.  There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.  Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:1-8

David calls to his God who is his righteousness; not on the strength of his own works.  David knows that it was God who has always resolved his distress.  But it has been man who would misrepresent the Lord’s good works in David as being evil.  Man invents “political correctness” to flatter their own self image which is formed of licentious sin.  If David’s enemies could hear, he would warn them away from harming the Lord’s servants.  They would hear the communion of the Lord and stop their sinning.  God has given light to David as more joy than when the heathen are expecting a good harvest.  He can sleep in peace knowing that God is the guardian of his rest.

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.  For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.  The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.  Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.   Psalm 5:1-6

David will start his day with prayer.  He doesn’t hesitate to ask for help because God has not hesitated to save him in the past.  Are we “saved” because we ask once?  Are we forgiven if we only repent once?  Repentance is daily and asking God to help is our hope every day.  The first time we dare to “help” God by helping ourselves we are in enemy territory.  Trespassers in the realm of lying will run headfirst into an angry God.  David has this confidence.

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.  Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.  For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.  Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.  Psalm 5:7-12

David will be surrounded by God’s mercy in the temple of his holiness.  He asks God to keep him on the righteous path where he is safe from evil men.  He asks God to destroy these whose mouth is like an open grave full of sin and death.  David prays for all who prefer truth and righteousness to find joy in God.  David tells God that he will bless the righteous because he has the confidence of his own experience.  David has a relationship with God, not religious rituals and vain sacrifices.  To David God is closer than a brother.

Advertisements