Psalm 131

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

My heart is not proud, Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.
(Psalm 131:1-3 NIV)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the prince of preachers, said of this psalm, “It is one of the shortest Psalms to read, but one of the longest to learn.” [C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, 3 vols. (reprint, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, n.d.), 3/2:136.]

In this psalm, David focuses on contentment and security and abiding in relationship with the Lord.  As we look at verse 1, we see David humbly coming before the Lord, having already confessed his sin, repented, and found forgiveness in Psalm 130.

So what did David repent of?  Verse 1 gives us his list:

  • Pride
  • Envy
  • Self-righteous judgment of others
  • Unbridled ambition
  • Managing others for the sole purpose of self-promotion and achievement

George Washington Carver, the great scientist and researcher, told a similar story of his humbling and life calling before the Lord:

One day I went into my laboratory and said, “Dear Mr. Creator, please tell me what the universe was made for.” The Great Creator answered, “You want to know too much for that little mind of yours. Ask something more your size, little man.” Then I asked, “Please, Mr. Creator, tell me what man was made for.” Again the Great Creator replied, “You are still asking too much.” So then I asked, “Please, Mr. Creator, will you tell me why the peanut was made?” “That’s better,” God answered, “what do you want to know about the peanut?” “
(William Federer, George Washington Carver: His Life and Faith in his Own Words, (St. Louis, MO: Amerisearch, 2002). p. 35.)

So what propels us forward?  Is our purpose to honor God and His calling, or to selfishly seek our own fame and fortune and power?  Why do we do what we do?  What is our inner motivation?

Please note that David’s comments do not give us the freedom to do nothing and depend on others, nor do his comments allow us to run away from our problems, either physically or mentally or through self-medicating addictions like drugs, alcohol, work, pornography, or co-dependent human relationships.

In verse 2, David compares his contentment to that of a weaned child leaning against its mother.  Note that this contentment is learned and not instantaneous.  David says that he had calmed and quieted himself – he was no longer anxious and restless and demanding.

When a child is still on a milk diet, nursing from its mother, the child runs on instinct and self-seeking fulfillment.  When babies are hungry, they get fussy and cry and have a fit until their needs are met.  And newborns quickly learn where that nourishment comes from if they are being nursed by their mothers.  If the child is hungry, it begins rooting around and clamoring for nourishment from its mother’s breasts.

When the weaning process takes place, the child’s world is turned upside down.  The child’s source of nourishment changes from its mother’s breast to its mother’s hand.  The child cries, lifts up outstretched arms to its mother, and feels betrayed and denied.  And yet the mother knows that this is in the best interests of the child.

As we noted above, contentment is learned and not instantaneous.  We should also note that contentment is also learned and formed in a relationship.  The child has moved from nutritional dependence on its mother to relationship with its mother.  The child is at peace with simply sitting and resting beside its mother, content in knowing that its mother’s love and provision is sufficient to meet all its needs.

And how David’s description of a child with its mother so aptly pictures our relationship with the Lord as we grow and mature in our walk with Christ.  Our relationship with the Lord changes as we mature in Christ.  We no longer demand that God meet our needs, what we want from God.  We are now simply content to be with God, fully trusting that He knows our needs and loves us and will provide for us.

David concludes the psalm by instructing Israel to likewise put their trust and hope (dependence) on the Lord, both currently and forevermore (the unforeseeable future).  David knew the history of the Jewish people, how they had been dependent on Moses rather than God; David knew that he wanted to point the Israelites to the Lord as their great King who would be their provider and protector long after he was gone.

May we take David’s words to heart:

  • Confessing our pride before the Lord and seeking forgiveness
  • Asking the Lord to teach us contentment and dependence on Him
  • Praising the Lord for His protection and provision He gives now and forever
  • Pointing others to His sufficiency and love, not trying to be “god” to them

May this old hymn be your mindset and prayer today:

Be Still My Soul, sung by the group Selah



Psalm 26

Psalm 26

Of David.

Vindicate me, Lord,
    for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the Lord
    and have not faltered.
Test me, Lord, and try me,
    examine my heart and my mind;
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
    and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

I do not sit with the deceitful,
    nor do I associate with hypocrites.
I abhor the assembly of evildoers
    and refuse to sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,
    and go about your altar, Lord,
proclaiming aloud your praise
    and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

Lord, I love the house where you live,
    the place where your glory dwells.
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
    my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,
    whose right hands are full of bribes.
11 I lead a blameless life;
    deliver me and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;
    in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.
(Psalm 26:1-12 NIV)

As we read today’s psalm, we see David in some kind of distress, requesting God’s protection.  Historians can cite many such distressing occasions in David’s life, but none specifically to this particular psalm.

David begins by asking for God’s protection (v. 1).  David is more concerned about God’s reputation in all the accusations swirling around than his own.  David wants to be sure that he has not done anything to cause others to think less of the Lord.

In verses 2 – 3, we see that David was not self-righteously proclaiming his integrity in verse 1 because David asks the Lord to search his heart and mind for any unconfessed sin.  If the Lord points something out to David, he will confess the sin and deal with it.

David recounts his clear choices to live a life of integrity and avoid entanglement in those who make sinful choices (vv. 4-5).  David does not want to be associated with evildoers and those who have a wicked heart bent on doing what God has clearly said is sinful behavior.  David is not judging them; however, David is clearly making his choice to honor and obey God and not participate in sinful activities.

David does not claim to be perfect; he is clearly not sinless, but he is reconciled to God and stands innocent before the Almighty.  We see David needing to wash his hands (David recognizing and confessing and repenting of his sin, and God’s power to remove his sin).  But once David has confessed, repented, and been cleansed of his sin, he is now fit for service in the Lord’s house (vv. 6-7).

David loves being in God’s presence, abiding in God’s love like soaking in the sunshine on a warm spring day.  And David feels closest to God in God’s house, the tabernacle, where God’s glory resides among His people (v. 8).

David pleads with God to not be swept away when God purges the evildoers from the land.  David knows that the pull of sin is strong, and it would be easy to give in to the “easy life” and all its selfish pleasures rather than walk with God in humility and obedience (vv. 9-11).

But David chooses to walk with the Lord, to be counted among the faithful spending his time praising the Lord in God’s house.  David is resting in the Presence and protection of the Lord with others of like mind and heart.

May we have David’s same attitude of abiding in God’s Presence, protection, and love for us, choosing to shun evil and walk with integrity.

May we invite the Lord to examine our hearts and minds and confess and repent of any sins the Lord points out so we are fit for His service, to be used by God for His glory.

This is the day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it.



Psalm 27

Psalm 27

Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
    lead me in a straight path
    because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses rise up against me,
    spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.
(Psalm 27:1-14 NIV)

In this wonderful psalm, we see David addressing a problem common to all of us:  fear.

We often think of David as fearless – after all, as a youth, he confronted and killed a bear and a lion when they tried to take one of his sheep.  And he confronted and killed Goliath, the giant Philistine who had been taunting and ridiculing the entire Israeli army for weeks.

But David did struggle with fear.  And in today’s text, we see David the private person share his thoughts and concerns, not David the public figure, not David the king.

When you and I face fear, what do we typically do?  Either try to run from it or build a “battle plan” to face it and address it head-on, right?  We try to deal with the fear in our own strength.

But David had a different approach.  He remembered God’s goodness, power, and protection in the past, and wrote down what God had done for him.  David was not filled with self-confidence, but rather, God-confidence (vv. 1 – 3).

In verses 4 – 6, notice what David asks for.  He does not ask for an immense army to protect him, or an impenetrable fortress to retreat into.  Rather, he presses deeply into the Lord, his refuge and strength.  Notice the pronouns that David uses in this section – “I”, “me”, “my” – personal words, not corporate words.  This is an entry from David’s personal diary, not the entries in the king’s daily activity log.

Verses 7 – 8 are David’s direct request of the Lord, and the Lord’s answer.  David simply asked for the Lord to hear him, not demanding God’s attention but requesting God’s mercy (v. 7).  The Lord answered, not audibly, but in David’s heart, quietly, in that small inner voice, God’s spirit, that said, “seek His face!”.  And David’s immediate response was that of simple compliance and obedience – “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

Likewise, we are called to abide in the Lord, to seek His face and trust Him for the daily grind of life.  If God gave us the blueprint for our lives, we would either try to negotiate the bad parts out, or run ahead of Him and experience all the good stuff on our own.  Instead, we are called to walk with Him.

David feels alone and abandoned by everyone else (including his own parents), and asks God not to turn His face away because of David’s fearful heart.  David is confessing his sin of fear and lack of trust in the Lord during this difficult time.  Once again, David places His trust and confidence in the Lord (v. 10).

In verses 11 – 13, David asks the Lord to lead him through the tough times ahead.  David is not out of danger, but rather in the midst of it.  And David’s confidence is in God alone.

David concludes by reminding himself to wait for the Lord, to be strong in the Lord, to wait for the Lord’s leading, courage, and deliverance (v. 14).

May we take David’s words and plan to heart as we face our fears today.



Psalm 46

Psalm 46

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.
(Psalm 46:1-11 NIV)

This psalm captures the psalmist’s complete confidence in God for any and all situations.

In verse 1, God is our refuge, our safe place of protection against whatever might happen.  And not only does God provide the safe place for us, He also is the guard stationed outside the door, whose strength is unmatched, and whom no one can overpower and break in.

God not only provides a safe place physically but also mentally.  The psalmist says that God is an ever-present help in trouble.  The idea here is that God provides peace of mind against fears, anxiety, and worry.  We can truly rest in Him.

So what kinds of things does the psalmist envision that the Lord would be able to protect us from?  Verse 2 says “though the earth give way” (earthquakes) and the “mountains fall into the heart of the sea”.  The second part, the mountains, may either be literal or allegorical, indicating that the most stable things we know such as mountains or world powers or any other thing which we assume will always be there.

Verse 3 speaks of waters of the sea surging and pounding against the sides of the mountains.  Against, this could be either literal or allegorical, indicating ocean turbulence, tidal waves, tsunamis, or wars, civil unrest, famine, and other human-related activity.  And even if the ground beneath our feet shifts, or the “mountains” of stability crumble, or the waters of natural disaster, war, famine, and other unrest happens, God is still God, and will protect us.

Verses 4 – 5 contrast all the unrest and upheaval with the peace and calm that God provides, as found in a simple water stream.  And this stream feeds and waters the city of God (Jerusalem), where God dwells among His people, in His house, the Tabernacle.

In verse 6, we see the sovereignty of God reigning over the affairs of humanity.  God simply speaks to bring about His will.

The psalmist then reminds us to put our dependence on God as our protector and provider, not cowering in fear, but to see what God is actively doing – bringing desolation (destruction) upon evil, even stopping wars and breaking up the instruments of war.

In the end, the psalmist quotes God as He declares His sovereignty, righteousness, and power over His creation.  God’s command to us is to “be still” – to be calm, relaxed, and in a trusting state of mind and body.

This command is not to have head knowledge of God.

Rather, it’s to “know that we know that we know”, in the deepest part of our being, in the depths of our soul, that God is sovereign and will protect and provide for us.

Does that mean that we will not experience danger, or hurts, or any kinds of trouble, that our lives will be all about our comfort and convenience?

Not at all.

In fact, quite the opposite.  Jesus told His disciples, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

The psalmist ends where he started – that God is with us, and that God is our fortress, our protector, and our provider.

May your heart be encouraged today, that whatever storm you may be experiencing, or whatever ground you are standing upon may be shifting and quaking, that God will guide you through and protect you if you will allow Him to do so.


Psalm 42

Psalm 42

For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.
(Psalm 42:1-11 NIV)

Today’s psalm is a great model and reminder of abiding in the Lord through hard times.

The psalmist begins with a word picture of a deer wandering through the desert looking for water, panting in the heat and finding no refreshment, yet not giving up until it satisfies its basic life-sustaining need of water.

Do we have the same view of God as the deer has for water?  Do we see our relationship with the Lord as life-sustaining, that we can’t go on without it?

The psalmist deeply feels the mockery and ridicule of those around him as they question the whereabouts of this so-called “good God” that has seemingly abandoned him (v. 3).  The psalmist remembers the former days when the multitudes worshipped the Lord and he led the congregation in worship (v. 4).

In verse 5, the psalmist is able to take a break from his pain to objectively take a look at himself.  He is able to step outside his misery and search for the root cause of his current state of despair.

What do you do when you are down and discouraged?  Are you able to look beyond your feelings and find the root cause of the pain?  Sometimes being able to put a name on the feelings or pain or despair is the first step of healing.  When we recognize the deeper issue, we can then start dealing with it (or at least telling a trusted friend what we’re struggling with).

The psalmist then recalls God’s faithfulness in the past to his forefathers (v. 6), and God’s love and grace come flooding back, refreshing him like standing under a waterfall or being gently washed in the waves of the ocean (v. 7).

Yes, the ridicules of the enemy are still all around (v. 10), but the answer is not in the removal of the enemy and their taunts, but to place ultimate confidence in the Lord (v. 11).  This leads to the psalmist praising and worshipping the Lord, even if he is the only one.

May we remember God’s goodness and love as we navigate through hard times.

May we take the time to ask ourselves what’s going on inside of us, to put a name to the emotions and feelings so we can then express them and deal with them.

And may we place our confidence and trust in the Lord to carry us through the hard times, even with the ridicule of others still surrounding us.

When our focus is solely on Jesus, everything else becomes noise and fades into the background.

May you experience the same peace as the psalmist did as he focused solely on the Lord.



Psalm 15

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.
(Psalm 15:1-5 NIV)

In today’s psalm, David ponders then asks and answers one question:

What kind of person is able to walk in close and constant fellowship with you, Lord?

If we ask the question more generically:

What does a Christ-follower’s life of integrity look like in Your eyes, Lord?

Verse 1 asks the question, and the remaining verses provide the answer.

This psalm does not tell us how to follow Christ; this psalm merely looks at the life of a person who has put their trust in Christ and is walking faithfully with the Lord.

Verse 1 uses two images to help us visualize what it is like to approach God in His holiness and righteousness.  The tent represents God’s presence, where God resides.  Remember that in David’s day, the center of worship was the tabernacle, a large tent-like structure where God made His Presence known to the children of Israel.  All the people gathered in the tabernacle to worship God.  It was not until David’s son Solomon became king that God commissioned the Temple (a permanent building) to be constructed.

The mountain represents God’s presence as well.  Remember when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses?  God descended on the mountain with clouds, signifying His presence (Exodus 24:12-18).

Verses 2 – 5a outline character traits of a person seeking to honor the Lord.  Notice that both our inner and outer lives are called out here.

David talks about speaking the truth from our heart (v. 2), which is clearly an inner trait.  If we don’t have truth in our hearts, we are deluding ourselves into thinking we are better or worse than we are.

David also talks about keeping an oath (a promise) even when it hurts (v. 4), and lends money to the poor without charging interest (v. 5).  Those are clearly outward actions that are tied to a properly ordered inner life, where we look out for others, not just ourselves.

David concludes this psalm by saying that any Christ-follower that orders their lives in this way will never be shaken.  In other words, because we give Christ control of our lives as we follow Him, our lives will reflect His character traits in both our inner and outer lives.

May we meditate on today’s psalm, asking the Lord to show us we are walking with Him.

May we repent and confess our sins where we don’t measure up, where we need His transforming power in our lives to make course corrections so nothing hinders our walk with Him.


Psalm 13

Psalm 13

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.
(Psalm 13:1-6 NIV)

If I were to put a title on this psalm, I would call it “The Prayer of a Despairing Soul”.

David does not tell us the circumstances that brought him to this low point in his life, and there is no particular historical context that we might associate with this psalm.  We know that David had many low points; when Saul and his army chased David around the country and David had to hide in caves; when David sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband killed, then confessed his sin; when David fled from his son Absalom when Absalom sought to kill him; when David pretended to be insane to escape from Abimalek, who sought his life.

When life is more than we can seemingly bear, what do we do?  Do we reach out, or do we withdraw?  Do we press harder, or do we give up?  Do we look down, or do we look up?

David felt overwhelmed, and he began by asking four questions that many of us ask:

  • How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    David begins acknowledging that God exists, but wonders if God even knows that he (David) exists.  David feels his smallness and wonders if he is even on God’s “radar”.  This trial he was experiencing was a long-term issue, as David asks if God had forgotten him “forever”.

    Have you ever felt like God is distant, and you are abandoned by God?

  • How long will you hide your face from me?
    David knows that God has not forgotten him, but now sinks deeper in despair when he wonders if God had turned His face away in displeasure.  Was God mad at David?  Had David done something wrong?  Or had God found someone else to focus His attention on?  David was having a pity party, wondering why he wasn’t the center of God’s attention.  David’s pride and selfishness were on display.

    Have you ever felt like God was ignoring you?

  • How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
        and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    David slipped even deeper into misery and felt like he was carrying this load of despair alone.  This load was overwhelming him both mentally (in his thoughts) and emotionally (in his heart).  David, in his pride, was still fighting the battle on both the mental and emotional fronts, but was not winning the war.  David had not had a psychotic break or an emotional breakdown, but knew that something had to change or his present state of mind and emotions could lead to either one or both of those conditions.

    Have you ever felt like you had to carry “the weight of the world on your shoulders” – the burden of all your sorrows and pain?

  • How long will my enemy triumph over me?
    David hit the bottom of the pit of despair when he admitted defeat at the hands of the enemy.  David felt like God had abandoned him, that God was ignoring him, that God was not relieving him of the mental and emotional burden of this trial, and now, God was not rescuing him from this despair.  David had tried to do this battle on his own via his pride and self-sufficiency, and had failed miserably.

    Have you ever felt like you wanted to give up on life, that the enemy had won the battle and it was not worth fighting anymore?

In each of these four questions, David was focusing on his feelings and his own power to pull himself out of this mess.

In verses 3 and 4, David finally looks to God from his sorrowful state and asks for help.  David has moved from being face-down in despair to on his knees, humbly asking God to intervene.  As David turns to the Lord for help, notice how David addresses the first three questions he asked above:

  • Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    David asks the Lord to consider his circumstances and provide an answer.  This is not a demand to God, but rather a heartfelt plea for assistance.  Also notice that the distance instantly shrinks as David claims the Lord as his God.

    What is your prayer before the Lord when you turn your focus from your struggle and pain and circumstances to Him?

  • Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death
    David asks for the Lord’s joy to return to his life.  The English phrase “give light to my eyes” in the Hebrew literally means “to cause to shine”.  When a person is sick or in deep despair, have you noticed that their energy level is way down, and their eyes are dull, flat, and lacking luster?  Conversely, when a person is healthy and has the joy of the Lord in their life, they are full of energy, and their eyes seem to sparkle?  David had experienced the joy of the Lord before and wanted it back.

    When you look in the mirror, what do your eyes tell you?

  • and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
        and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
    David releases his archenemy to the Lord, allowing the Lord to bring justice to the circumstance.  By releasing this issue to the Lord, David also frees himself from the weight of despondency and despair.  The issue may not have gone away, but the despair and depression associated with it are now gone.

    Have you released your “enemy” (whatever or whomever it might be) to the Lord?


David has moved from being face-down in despair, changing position to on his knees asking for God’s intervention through prayer.  As we look at verses 5-6, we see David now standing on his feet, praising the Lord.  In these final verses, we also see David answering the fourth question he asked earlier:

  • But I trust in your unfailing love;
    David has now made the complete shift of mindset, as he remembers God’s love and grace and blessings in his life.  David has put all the mental and emotional weight of this circumstance on the Lord, trusting in God’s unfailing and constant love for him.

    Have you made the shift from “Jesus plus resolving this issue in my life is enough” to saying “Jesus, You are enough”?

  • my heart rejoices in your salvation.
    David is now fully reliant on the Lord regardless if the issue is resolved in his lifetime or not.  David has trusted in God’s love, and is now trusting in God’s justice.

    Where are you looking for your joy?  From your life events, or from the Lord?

  • I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    David’s focus now changes from downward and inward to upward and outward, leading him to praise the Lord through song.  How do we know this?  Look at David’s introductory notes at the top:  “For the Director of Music.”  David was looking for the best way to express his thankfulness to God, and he chose music, specifically singing.  David knew that singing involves our whole being – our inner self (our mental and emotional selves and our will) and our outer self (our body and our strength and our connection with others).

    How do you express your thanks to the Lord that engages all of who you are (both the inner and outer parts of you)?

  • for he has been good to me.
    Finally, David tells us the shift in his thinking and reasoning.  At the beginning, David was in a “so that _____” mindset, where he was asking God for relief from his burdens so that he could enjoy life again.  Now David has repented of that selfish and prideful attitude, and has changed to the “because _____” mindset, where he places his life in God’s hands and experiences God’s joy because of God’s love and goodness, regardless of his circumstances or life burdens.

    Have you made the shift from “so that _____” to “because _____”?

May we learn from David’s psalm and follow his example.

Jesus is enough.