David was having a bad day. Even though the king knew God was in charge and had his back, it was difficult not to let life and circumstances rule David’s thoughts. David did what we do many times. We weigh “our image” of how hard we are trying to follow and honor Him against the struggles that life and our failures cause. From our perspective, we know we are not perfect, but come on God, give us some credit.
Truth is and David knew that when weighing the balance we always come up short. If the truth be told, it is only God’s grace and mercy that allows us to have a life. David needed to remember as God’s anointed, it was who and whose David was that brought him life and favor, not what he achieved and avoided in terms of his behavior.
We must also remember that it is grace that saves us, and as God’s chosen, it is our position, not our performance, that gives us life. We are not immune from trials and not given credit for good behavior. We simply need to humbly follow God’s plan and leadership and allow God to complete the work He has begun in us. If we will, God will walk with us through the valley and prepare a table for us in the presence of our enemies. He is God and we are not…enough said!
God Bless You
I said, “I will watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
while in the presence of the wicked.”
2 So I remained utterly silent,
not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
3 my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.[b]
6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my transgressions;
do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
you consume their wealth like a moth—
surely everyone is but a breath.
12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
listen to my cry for help;
do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with you as a foreigner,
a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
before I depart and am no more.”