Daily Devotional: Psalms 89:19-29
19 Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people you said: "I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have exalted a young man from among the people. 20 I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him. 21 My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him. 22 No enemy will subject him to tribute; no wicked man will oppress him. 23 I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries. 24 My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted. 25 I will set his hand over the sea, his right hand over the rivers. 26 He will call out to me, 'You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.' 27 I will also appoint him my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth. 28 I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail. 29 I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
When Samuel was at the home of Jesse and was trying to select the next king of Israel, there were several of the boys who looked like they would be a good king but each time, God would tell him to keep looking. Finally, with no one selected, he asked if this is all and was told there was one more. He was the youngest, he was not a warrior but was a shepherd. He apparently did not look the part and would not have been chosen if selected by Samuel but God said he was looking on the heart and not on the outward appearance. His heart was right with God.
When we think about this, it means that God knows what we really are; he knows what we are inside, what we are in secret, what our intentions are and what we love the most. This means that most of the time David did what was right, both toward God and toward others. The key word here is “most” because he did not always do right. In fact, he committed what we would categorize as some of the worst possible sins at times. But when faced with his actions, he did not get mad at the speaker or at God or make excuses; he repented and asked for forgiveness.
Lord God it is such a joy to know that you are for me and not against me. I know I have done some terrible things in my life and all I deserve from you is to be punished, away from your presence. Thank you for your love and your grace that makes it possible for me to be forgiven. Make my heart like the heart of David so that I will want to follow your will in all things and honor you in my life. Thank you for the freedoms I enjoy in this nation and I ask you to be with our leaders that we may continue to live a quiet and peaceful life. I pray in Jesus name.