I love David’s story with all its twists and turns, triumphs and tragedies. He is such a complex man with such strong convictions and contradictions. One minute he is the hero, the next, he plays the villian. He’s so…human. But there’s a difference. He’s a “man after God’s own heart.”
His Psalms give access to his thoughts and emotions. This man can emote. He calls out to the God he feels has abandoned him, praises His name, marvels at Creation, denounces enemies and declares his innocence and righteousness, the list goes on, but here’s what I think is the center of his relationship with his Maker:
“Keep me the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who assail me from my mortal enemies who surround me.” Psalm 17: 8,9
David has this wonderful sense of who he is to his heavenly Father and then who he is in relationship to the situation around him. He is cherished, chosen and under supernatural protection. That does not mean that he does not undergo hardship and sorrow, quite the opposite. Whatever circumstances swirl about him, he is still under the watchful, loving eye of his Father and he savors that.
Lord, Thank you that you love me as you love David. May I carry this knowledge with me wherever I go, whatever happens. May my heart be full of gratitude for your goodness and grace. Amen.