Finding God When Alone & Struggling
As we open to Psalm 19, look with me at the last verse. Here is the cry of David's heart, right in front of us, and on paper. David simply said, "I want my life to please YOU. Every part, seen or unseen, I want my life to please you."
Vs 14 " Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer."
There it is, short and sweet, David unabashedly and as a young man laid open his life before the Lord who was watching.
We know from the record in God's Word that David failed: as a husband, as a father, as a worship leader, as King, and as a friend. But God does not demand nor expect perfection from his chosen ones. He just asks for us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and body. David loved the Lord, and his life should draw us to want to follow and seek the Lord like he did.
As we hold open our Bibles to Psalm 19 we are looking at the first period of David's life:
PERIOD 1: DAVID FROM THE LONELY DAYS OF HIS YOUTH WRITES THREE INCREDIBLE PSALMS (8, 19, 23).
From his hours out in the wilderness watching sheep and the long nights guarding them under the stars as a young shepherd boy, David was inspired (after the Spirit came upon him in I Samuel 16:13), to write the Spirit prompted lessons of his life we have now in the book of Psalms.
Psalm 19: Pleasing God, not pleasing myself. David broke with the crowd, stopped getting and seeking approval from his peers and went straight to the top. He wanted God and God alone to be his goal. And that was still his desire.
Psalm 23: Following the Good Shepherd for all my Life. David had watched many sheep for much of his life (I Samuel 16:11,19; 17:15,20) walked through life with confidence because it was settled for him, the Lord was David's shepherd and as one of the Lord's sheep, David followed God.
Psalm 8: Living for the Glory of His Name not mine. Note the preface to Psalm 8 talks about the city of Gath, the first verse and last verses both frame the entire Psalm as focusing on Name of the Lord. As recorded in I Samuel 17:45, David was concerned about defending, honoring, and standing for the Name of the Lord.
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