Acknowledgement of Thomas Kincaide’s painting. I took a pic of a portion of a print I own that was painted by him.
Uncharted territory. Many waters. Enemies too strong for me.
Psalm 18 is the inside scoop. David was anointed by God to be the next king of Israel. His life at this point in time looked anything but kingly.
He looked more like Robin Hood and his band of merry men, hiding out from the current administration and foraging for food. Of course, they did a little fighting on the side to keep the enemies of God’s people at bay. His was a story of close calls and narrow escapes.
You can hear the inner anguish and exhaustion in his voice in verses 4-6,
” The pangs of death surrounded me,
And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
The sorrows of Sheol surrounded 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…”
Strong, mighty David, distressed and afraid!?!
What blesses me was that he went humbly to his knees.
Prayers of God’s children do not go unheard. Listen to the beautiful promises of verses 25-27:
“With the merciful You will show yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show yourself blameless;
With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
And with the devious you will show Yourself shrewd.
For you will save the humble people,
But will bring down haughty looks.”
On my hands and knees this week in that War Room, I knew this.
I am not perfectly merciful, perfectly blameless, perfectly pure. How can my cries be heard?
But, oh, I’m humbly on my knees asking to be so. To be like the sinless Son of God…And I won’t quit praying! I want David’s triumph. See verses 28-36.
“For You will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall.
As for God His way is perfect;
The Word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
And sets me on my high places.
He teaches my hands to make war,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You also have given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
You enlarged my path under me so that my feet did not slip.”
This broken life can be made perfect, because His way is perfect.
In the suffering, His glory will yet shine through.
My story, your story is not finished yet.
But it takes the Mighty God to come and give us that “happily ever after” ending that we all long for.
Don’t give up in the heat of the battle.
Cry David’s prayers with me.
We can all dance for joy when the answers come!