David had a never ending list of enemies. People trying to make his life miserable. People bringing false accusations. People turning him over to his opposition. People looking to do him harm.
With each new challenge or challenger, David turned to God. Instead of plotting, he praised God. Instead of worrying, he worshiped. Instead of crying to himself, he cried to God. Instead of running, he rested. Every step, every word was crafted by intentional trust and obedience.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.Psalm 51:10-12 NLT
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
David was not a perfect man. He fell at times, hard. Even in those moments, when he was his own worst enemy, he brought that to God.
These last couple years, I have dug deeply into David’s life and have marveled at the depth of his love and trust in God and the depth of the hatred and evil that he came up against.
He did not trust in wealth, chariots, warriors, or strategy. He kept a sharp eye out for evil, corruption, foolishness, and pride. He lived in reliance on God for safety, provision, victories. His faith was remarkable. Because, he worshiped.
Psalm after psalm shows his heart of worship. He may have understood worship more deeply than any other person in history.
Come with great power, O God, and rescue me!Psalm 54:1,4 NLT
Defend me with your might. . .
But God is my helper.
The Lord keeps me alive!
So, I take a minute to examine my own heart. Where do I turn when a challenge arises? The latest book on the topic? A website? A podcast? A friend? Or, God alone?
How do I feel when enemies close in? Fearful, worried, or alone? Or do I rest in the God who keeps me alive?
How do I react to sin in my life? Do I try to hide it, rationalize it, or compensate for it? Or do I acknowledge my sin in confession and come to God with a broken spirit, letting God do the rebuilding?
David gives us a human example to follow for each of these growth points throughout these Psalms (and others). He was not perfect. He let sin get the best of him at times. He let his flesh take control at times. But, many years, many times he got it right and left us a powerful legacy to set our own path for a life of worship.
Lord God, thank you for an example to follow. Thank you for opening a way for relationship with You through your Son Jesus Christ. Help me run to you on hilltops and valleys. Help me trust you when enemies trap me. Help me attack sin that it might never drive me from You. Thank you for your sweet love and protection that is all I need. Continue to show me the power of a life of worship. In Jesus name, amen.