09 July 2012
I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. P s a l m 7 : 1 7
From the very beginning of the book of Psalms, David gives thanks. Of all people in the Bible, David knew what it meant to experience trials of every kind. Remember he will be tempted with and fall victim to adultery, lying, and eventually murder. But he knew that one day he would be king of Israel. But while he was waiting to take the throne, he was a walking dead man.
King Saul, the current king of Israel, had a hit out on David. Even though Saul had watched David defeat Goliath and save the Israelites from the Philistines and was soothed by David’s skills on the harp, Saul knew that the Lord had rejected him as king and that David was to be next in line (see 1 Samuel 16:1).
So David hid. In mountains, caves, enemy towns, and any place that Saul’s men wouldn’t find him. For me, this means no BlackBerry service, no laptop, no cushy job, food to eat, Starbucks, or warm place to live. Can you imagine? And yet David still praised Jesus and still became the next king of Israel.
Today and every day start by giving thanks. The same God who spared David’s life can and will spare yours too.