1 Praise the Lord, my Rock,
who trains me for war,
who trains me for battle.
2 He protects me like a strong, walled city, and he loves me.
He is my defender and my Savior,
my shield and my protection.
He helps me keep my people under control.
3 Lord, why are people important to you?
Why do you even think about human beings?
4 People are like a breath;
their lives are like passing shadows.
5 Lord, tear open the sky and come down.
Touch the mountains so they will smoke.
6 Send the lightning and scatter my enemies.
Shoot your arrows and force them away.
7 Reach down from above.
Save me and rescue me out of this sea of enemies,
from these foreigners.
8 They are liars;
they are dishonest.
9 God, I will sing a new song to you;
I will play to you on the ten-stringed harp.
10 You give victory to kings.
You save your servant David from cruel swords.
11 Save me, rescue me from these foreigners.
They are liars; they are dishonest.
12 Let our sons in their youth
grow like plants.
Let our daughters be
like the decorated stones in the Temple.
13 Let our barns be filled
with crops of all kinds.
Let our sheep in the fields have
thousands and tens of thousands of lambs.
14 Let our cattle be strong.
Let no one break in.
Let there be no war,
no screams in our streets.
15 Happy are those who are like this;
happy are the people whose God is the Lord.
King David wrote many of the psalms that are given to us in the Bible. From early on in his life, he was connected to God. The psalm above was a prayer that he wrote for victory over his enemies. It could also be said that it was a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for what God had done in his life.
Because of his closeness to God, he was picked to become king of God's people, and he went on with God's help to take Israel to it's greatest days. It was said of him that he was "a man after God's own heart", meaning that he was so close to God in his daily life, that he sought God at all times, and his aim was to live a life fully dedicated to His service.
No he wasn't perfect, and yes, even David was tempted to sin, and he suffered from the consequences that his sin brought to his family. The important thing was that he recognized his sinfulness, confessed his wrongdoing, and sought God's forgiveness. God redeemed him, and from the lineage of David our Savior Jesus would be born.
When you think about it, you may wonder why God cares about us? Why does He give us a second thought? We are a stubborn and selfish creature that is self-centered and ungrateful, yet our God cares for us. He loves us so much, that He stepped out of His position in Heaven, to walk among us and take upon Himself the worst that we could ever be. In doing so, He broke the bondage that sin had on mankind, and rescued for all time every man and woman that would ever live.
All we need to do is reach up, accept what He has done on our behalf, and as David did, give ourselves to His service.
Photo from "Colorado Road Trip Album" by me, 2009.