David's journey with God has always been an extraordinary comfort to me. Of all the Bible figures, He wrote His prayers to the Lord and when He cries out, I know why he is the man after God's own heart. From the start, David had courage beyond most men. He felled a giant, ran from Saul, built an army, killed men and lead a country. During his journey he lived as a criminal and was crowned as King. He also killed Bathsheba's husband, took her for his wife, repented and lost a son, which were consequences for sinning against God. All in all, he never lost hope in God.
I doubt any of us will ever experience the magnitude of David's life but we do have our own journey. Sometimes we feel as though we are nothing, other times we feel as though we have everything but always we need courage, fortitude, and God. We are no different than David. We don't wear robes or live in palaces but we need to live like David did. He had a great heart for God. In Psalms, all is revealed to us. His trials, tribulations and his joy and praise, nothing is left untouched. I think that's why I always encourage women to write in a journal. We need to pour our hearts out to God so that He can show us His hand. Often times, we overlook the little things Jesus is doing in our lives but when you read the Psalms, the truth is revealed. Every emotion under the sun is written in that book. And God gave direction, understanding, wisdom and love to David. He was real with his feelings and with his need for God.
If you are hiding behind a fake smile today, wishing that life would change, change it. Get real with what you are feeling inside and find Christ. He already knows the real you; be strong enough to cry out to Him for answers. We need Him in every situation. In order for us to experience the fullness of what He gave to us, we must pour our hearts out to Him and ask for His mighty power into our lives. Of course, this comes only when we repent and pray. David knew this and was forever praying and repenting. His sins are no greater than ours. We are all sinners and no sin is greater than another. Ask Christ for forgiveness today and then come to Him and pray for courage, understanding, compassion, and love. These things are waiting for you and all you have to do is ask. David didn't bring the giant down by himself, God did but David believed God could do it! The Bible is full of places where God brought down the giant. He can do it in your life too!
Psalm 181-12 NKJV:
I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
The pangs of death surround me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. The sorrows of Sheol surround me. The snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under his feet.
And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters. And thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.
There is much more to this Psalm. Take time to read it today and meditate on it. If you want to know the heart of God, read about His people. David sought Him daily and throughout his entire life. We need to do the same. He desires a relationship with us, take His hand and walk with Him today!
My prayer today:
Lord, I have no idea what the women that read this blog are going through but You do. Please help each one of them to pour out their hearts to You. We want to be more like David, forever seeking Your hand and asking You into our hearts. We are so grateful that the stories of David are there for us. We realize that he was a sinner, just like us, but he believed that You were greater and that's what we want today! We pour out our hearts to You and ask for You to come into our lives. You are the conqueror of all giants and we ask that You conquer ours today. We trust in You and love You always. May we seek You first, repent for our sins, and love You more! AMEN