“David said it all: I saw God before me for all time. Nothing can shake me; He’s right by my side. I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope. I know You’ll never dump me in Hades; I’ll never even smell the stench of death. You’ve got my feet on the life-path, with Your face shining sun-joy all around.”(Acts 2:25-28 MSG)
It is no secret that I love the Psalms, and that as Bianca Olthoff would put it, David is my favorite Bible boyfriend. 🙂 As a singer, I know first hand how music can speak to people in a way where words on their own lack. So when Luke (the writer of Acts) included this quote from Psalm 16:8-11 by mentioning King David – my mind and heart quickly leapt to attention!
David spent years out in the wilderness watching his father’s sheep, and after a stint leading Israel’s army and marrying into the royal family – ended up full circle back in the wilderness hiding from King Saul and his mad fury to capture and kill David. It is amazing to me that despite the goings on in his life, David looked to God for His safety, His provision, His guidance – and His constant Presence. He was able to grasp the hope God offered him despite the change in his circumstances
Friend, if things have taken a swing downwards in your life of late, keep putting your faith and hope in the One who never leaves you, and is always battling for you behind the scenes, even when you can’t see it. You can still have the joy found in being with God, seen in David despite being hunted for years by the one person standing between the future he had been promised, who was essentially holding his life hostage in that in-between.
Look to Him, believe His promises to be true, hold tight to His hands of Hope. He is not finished with you yet, and He can’t wait to surprise you with a deeper sense of His Presence in your life as you trust in Him.