Devotional: May 7, 2020

The Life of David    

King David was considered to be a man after God’s own heart. In fact, God said this about him, “I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:22). He was a devoted worshiper of God and is often assumed to be the author of many of the Psalms. David loved God with a deep conviction; however, did you know that he also had doubts?

ScripturePsalm 13 (NLT)

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?
    How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
    with sorrow in my heart every day?
    How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!
    Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
    Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your unfailing love.
    I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
    because he is good to me.

Devotional Time
We have all gone through moments when we have felt like God has forgotten us. We’ve all been through bad times in our lives, and our current situation of isolation and social distancing is considered by many to fall into that category too. As the old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Have you noticed how bad times seem to linger, as if time somehow slows down in the midst of trouble? This is where David was in his life, he was caught up in a dark night of the soul (aka a “bad time”). David felt as if God had completely deserted him, he was depressed and feeling abandoned. However, he did not stay in the place of isolation but chose to speak out the truth of God’s character and nature. J. Alec Motyer, an Irish Biblical scholar, said this about David’s problem, “The dimensions of distress are spiritual, personal, and circumstantial. Identical dimensions of prayer: spiritual, personal, circumstantial. True prayer takes every side of need to the Lord. Dimensions of transformation: spiritual, the hidden face is replaced by unfailing love; personal, heart-sorrow has become heart-joy; circumstantial, the rampant foe is replaced by divine sufficiency: good to me ‘has made full provision for me’, better understood as ‘perfect of certainty’, ‘… has determined to make …’. Prayer thus brings a full-orbed solution to the problem fully shared with the Lord.” 
Mr. Moyter was right; prayer truly does bring our bad times “full-orbed,” doesn’t it?  

God, Give me the strength needed to endure the bad times of life, allow me the ability to have certainty in the times when I feel abandoned by you. Remind me again, O Lord, that I can share with you all of my troubles, heartaches, and fears – I ask to trust you in all things. Thank you God, for your goodness and grace. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!