“Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” (17:8)
“He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.” (18:19)
What a rich cluster of Psalms we have today. David introduces us to the secret of his success: a dynamic relationship with his Creator. The One he serves, loves him, protects and exalts him. David is fully depending on this relationship for life. With beautiful poetry and glorious word pictures, I especially enjoyed chapter 18 in my teen years, as I imagined this fire breathing dragon of a savior coming from the skies to my rescue.
As an adult, I discovered this verse: “For You light my lamp; the LORD my God illuminated my darkness.” (18:28)
I remember the first time it struck me, was as I read it on a flight back from somewhere. I see it leap off the page, which lay on downed seat try. Carly and I had started our Bible study together in March of 2013 as a way to combat “the dark place”. Many may be familiar with this sentiment, as it references the dark recesses of our minds, which swirls with half-truths and worst-case-scenarios. We had discussed “the dark place”, at length, and often sighted our staying of out it as a by-product of studying the Word, daily, leaving less space for half-truths.
It’s not a fix all, and we historically know, David was in many-a-dark place throughout his life; not just this occasion for Psalm 18: another deliverance from the hand of Saul, who was hunting him. There would later be the affair with Bathsheba, followed by a murder, followed by the death of an infant. Then the rape of his daughter at the hands of his son, the mutiny and subsequent death of Absalom. David’s life was full of grief. Darkness.
I don’t think this made 18:28 less true. Why? He always returned to the source of his power: a relationship with his Creator.
There is a lot these days to overwhelm us. Meditation on truth, quieting my mind to think of the LORD, shuts down the noise for a moment, to remember no-matter-what, Psalm 19:7-11 is true.
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of a honeycomb.
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Make sure to take time today to remember the LORD, Who and all that He is. Remaining squarely focused on my relationship with Him is my only hope in life.