You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalms 139:15-16
Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.
David G. Allen
King David was a lover: He loved God without shame and wholeheartedly. He was a man’s man. David made loving and serving God His highest priority. He danced before the Lord, wrote him poetry and desired to build a temple for him.
He was human, just like us- he thought of his own needs and desires, went through tough situations and even acted out of character a few times! David is that he never got stuck, he was always able to shift and refocus. Most of his Psalms started off in emotional turmoil, but they always ended in exaltation and praise to God. He loved God over everything else in his life. David’s life demonstrates that he was a man of faith.
In the books of Samuel and the Chronicles we learn so much from David: We learn that we can be be grieving and heartbroken, yet continue to serve God faithfully. We can mess up big time, yet repent and come to know God in a deeper way. We learn that we can keep secrets for a while, but we cannot fool God. We also learn to love those in authority over us, those who envy us and even those family members who come against us. We can actually love the unlovable. We learn that to have a true relationship with God gives us access and freedom to do certain things which would otherwise be punishable. We learn the difference between religion and relationship! And finally, even when while being punished God’s mercy is amazing and we can praise Him even for that!
We like David may fall, fail and be led away by desire, but His mercy is everlasting. We may face different trials and forms of heartbreak, yet be able to praise God from a sincere heart. We may question God, or experience sadness and frustration, but we are able to push through. We may be anointed, yet need to walk through seasons of heartbreak, dryness and persecution. We like David must have a praise on our lips at all times!
Lord God thank you for giving us relationship and doing away with religion. We praise you for your preparation and process, and for your appointed times. I pray you give each of us grace to go through each season in victory, and with a praise on our lips. I ask you for wisdom, direction and love. In Jesus name, Amen.