It is so essential to focus on our vertical relationship with God as a priority to the horizontal relationships with friends and family. One does not need to replace the other, however, if we have a right relationship with God, we can deal with the ever-changing relationship with others. In this psalm, David felt abandoned by friends and made a spectacle by his enemies. In that position, David places his focus and perspective on God.
Others wish the king dead and have all but abandoned him; while he knows that as God’s anointed king, the Lord will neither berate nor abandon David. He loved God above all others and was ready to accept God’s outcome. Still, David knew God loved him and accepted the king warts and all. David held on tight to the confidence God built into him over the years. It was not one big event like Goliath that convinced David. Instead it was several daily wins and times of desperation that showed God’s faithfulness.
Neither David nor us as God’s chosen can forget the many times God has shown Himself faithful and committed to us. God leaves us countless markers on our life timeline so that we can look back and remember His faithfulness. David then encourages us to cling to those markers when all seems lost, and as we face death and loss. Those reminders can be game changers when everyone and everything has seemingly turned against us.
It is our job to remember and recount all the times God has remained faithful and cling to the truth that our Father is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will never leave us, nor will He forsake us. That is His promise and it will not ever change!
God Bless You
Blessed is the one who considers the poor![a]
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
2 the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
3 The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.[b]
4 As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
heal me,[c] for I have sinned against you!”
5 My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die, and his name perish?”
6 And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,
while his heart gathers iniquity;
when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
7 All who hate me whisper together about me;
they imagine the worst for me.[d]
8 They say, “A deadly thing is poured out[e] on him;
he will not rise again from where he lies.”
9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
and raise me up, that I may repay them!
11 By this I know that you delight in me:
my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12 But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
and set me in your presence forever.
13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.