I have been reading a lot of the Psalms that David wrote for my devotions recently. They have really been speaking to me afresh. I find that I relate in many ways to David, my namesake.
Today I read Psalm 73:21-26. It says…
“Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”
In this passage three things stood out to me today.
1. David realised he was in the wrong place and had wrong attitudes. He was looking honestly at his situation when he said…
- his heart was bitter
- he was torn up inside
- he was foolish
- he was ignorant
2. David looked upwards towards God and said…
- I still belong to You God
- You still hold my right hand (stronger hand used in battle)
- You guide me with Your counsel
- You lead me to my destiny
- Whom in heaven have I but You
3. After making a statement of where he was at and who God is to him he declared…
- My health may fail
- My spirit may grow weak, but…
- God remains the strength of my heart
- He IS mine forever
God really was the strength of David’s heart. He was a man who did great things for God. He even did some bad things that echo down through history, but God still described his as a man after his own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22).
I think the things I love about David is that even though he was a fallen human being, he knew where his help and strength came from. His faith and trust was solely in God alone.
Today in my heart as I type, I know I need to be more like David. How about you?