Daily Devotional: Psalms 6:1-5
1 O LORD do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony. 3 My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? 4 Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. 5 No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave?
2 Sam 24:13-14
13 So Gad went to David and said to him, "Shall there come upon you three years of famine in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of plague in your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should answer the one who sent me." 14 David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men."
O to have a heart like David! Have you ever thought that way? From his youth he had a heart that was like the heart of God himself. It is said of Moses that he spoke with God and God spoke with him as a friend speaks with friend. Did you ever wonder how these men had such a wonderful relationship with God?
But David sinned and David was punished for his sin. Moses sinned and failed to give the proper respect to God and he was punished. These men were not super-human or above others of mankind. They were normal people who loved God and who respected him and trusted him as God. They both came to realize they had done wrong and they both readily admitted it and asked God to forgive them for it. They did not make excuses or try to blame someone else.
You and I can have a heart like David. You and I can have the relationship that Moses had with God. We can put all of our faith in him as God and in that trust, do all within our power to live for him, according to his will. It comes as we grow up into Christ and as we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and mold us into the likeness of God. David was a shepherd, a giant killer, a musician for the king, and then a renowned general in the army who became a fugitive for several years before becoming one of the greatest kings to ever live. In it all, he trusted God!
O Lord God take me where I am and use me to do your will. I am not seeking the glory of a king or the renown of a great general in an army. Just use me as a soldier in your army, as a shepherd in your pasture, as your musician and make we what you want me to become. Thank you for all you have given me and all you do for me every day. Help me in my ease to never forget to help those who are hurting, those who are struggling and even hungry but who are trusting you to take care of them. Be with your people everywhere. I pray in Jesus name.