Monday, March 14th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 24)
Thwarted: By David's Psalms*
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When You said, 'Seek My Face,'
My heart said to You, 'Your Face, Lord, I will seek.'
Do not hide Your Face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my Help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me,**
Then the Lord will take care of me.
Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 27:7-14 (NKJV)
At the Bible's center are David's Psalms: affairs of the heart. They've taught me more things than I can remember, but I'm trying: reading and re-reading the best Lines of Israel's best king. Psalm 119 is my favorite: a Love Song for God's Word. Psalm 23 summarizes God's sustenance of His saints.
The reoccurring anguish in David's life was betrayal. First came his brother's mockery before he slew Goliath.*** From then until the end of King David's adventurous life, this God-loving hero was betrayed by almost everyone:
Family, closest friends, worship friends, his first wife and King Saul; most of his sons, some of his soldiers, and part of his kingdom. King David's forsaken status is reminiscent of Job and predictive of Jesus, when 'They all forsook Him and fled' (Mark 14:50).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As a shepherd alone in the field, David practiced music and fighting; nurturing and loving little lambs. Isn't this your job description, too? Because God has given you talent, fans who can act like leaderless sheep, and a desire to fight the good fight.
So when you're forsaken by loved ones, seek comfort in the heart of God's Word. David is a masterful seeker, and he rose from the pit of despair. Please remember: 'The father of lies' (John 8:44) considers himself a parent, too, and he can mess up relationships. Except your relationship with God.
Cling to Him and He will sustain you.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion Series (44 parts), Valiant Like David: http://amtcdevotions.org/valiant-like-david-part-1-valor
** 'When my father and my mother forsake me - If they should do it. The psalmist supposes it possible that this might occur. It does occur, though very rarely; but the psalmist means to say that the love of God is stronger and more certain than even that of a father or mother, since he will never forsake his people. Though every other tie that binds heart to heart should dissolve, this will remain; though a case might occur in which we could not be sure of the love that naturally springs out of the most tender earthly relationships, yet we can always confide in His love' (Barnes' Notes on the Bible, re: Psalm 27:10).
*** 1 Samuel 17:28: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+sam+17%3A28&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.