Psalm 17-19

Wasn’t chapter 18 great?

“You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud. You a light a lamp for me, The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”

“You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping. I chased my enemies and caught them; I did not stop until they were conquered.”

“You gave me victory over my accusers.”

Reading intimate descriptions of David’s interpersonal relationship with God is so inspiring. I grew up going to church in the 90’s. There was a lot of emphasis in youth group on how Jesus was cool, laid back and relational. Praying to him felt easy. The Holy Spirit was portrayed as tangible.

But I’m trying to imagine David’s God. It was definitely a more formal time, religion more prominent than relationship. Before Jesus. Before the Holy Spirit intervened. Yet still, he pens deeply emotional words to his God. He writes that He is always with him, that he bends down to listen to his mere mortal words.

David doesn’t write that life is perfect. He writes about needing rescuing, about his darkness, his enemies and accusers.

I’m so encouraged by David’s relationship with God. I wonder if he had any idea that his songs and journal entries would be read by millions of people for thousands of years. Praising God can be a ministry in itself. And these days, we have plenty of platforms to do so. Is God lighting up your darkness, answering your prayers, going before you and catching your slipping feet? Share that with someone. Follow up with friends who have been praying for you.

May our hard circumstances bring glory to God, advance the gospel and encourage the disheartened.

 

-Carly

 

 

 

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