I shared the first half of this post on my personal Instagram page and I wondered if I would share it on the blog or my public Instagram… only to see that today’s verse was one of David’s Psalms (I see You, God). So, I took it as a sign that I should share this now.
Many scriptures are personal to me, but the book of Psalms is very, VERY personal. This explanation will actually take me back to a discussion of our Israel trip:
I was TOO excited to visit the site of King David’s palace.
When I was a little girl, preachers and prophets (the majority of whom I’d never met before) used to tell me that I was like David–That I had a mind after God’s heart.
At first, I didn’t understand what they meant. So I started to study David.
He eventually became one of my favorite biblical characters.
Not because he was perfect, not because he is credited with writing many of the Psalms, but because of his heart. 💖
David was his own worst critic; he sinned and fell short (but he was ALWAYS repentant); and, ABOVE anything else, he LOVED God.
I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that Jesus was brought into the world as a descendant of King David.
I think it just goes to show us that we don’t have to be perfect for God to still use us to birth something great.
Our flaws don’t disqualify the promise when we strive to keep our hearts right towards God.
Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.
March 31, 2017 Verse of the Day – Psalm 18:2
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
If you read this verse in its full context, it is SO POWERFUL. David just escaped his enemies. He LITERALLY just escaped with his life and his FIRST THOUGHT was to praise and thank God.
Not to complain about his enemies
Not to tell everyone about how he’d been wronged and what he had to do to escape (In fact, he told of what the Lord did to save him)
Not even to rest and praise God later…
His FIRST thought was to praise God.
Sometimes, I wonder if people got tired of David and his harp.
I’m almost sure they did. But do you think he cared?
Clearly NOT! Look at all the Psalms he wrote? He just kept going. That’s the place I’m striving to get to and to remain in.
I’ve started telling myself, “If you can’t pray it; Don’t say it!”
Now what am I really getting at with that self-command?
If it’s not something I would say to the Lord, or include in my prayers (you know, those words we say to the Lord when we’re trying to get it all right– or, if you pray like me– when you’re trying to put it all out there and really deal with some things) — then you have NO BUSINESS SAYING IT. If you’re not saying it with a positive intention or hope in bringing about change or giving it over to the Lord because you KNOW it’s out of your hands– WHY SAY IT?!?!
I’m still correcting myself daily, but that simple phrase is helping me TREMENDOUSLY.
This post was much longer than I intended it to be, but I pray that this encourages you this morning and that you have a Fantastic Friday!