A Thought For Your Christian Journey:
Being faithful in life’s struggle
23 I was also upright before him,
and I kept myself from mine iniquity. 24 Therefore hath the LORD
recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my
hands in his eyesight. 25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself
merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; 26 With
the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew
thyself froward. 27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt
bring down high looks. 28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my
God will enlighten my darkness.
According to the heading for this Psalm David wrote it after being delivered
from his enemies and from King Saul. If you know anything about David’s
life you know how he struggled throughout his life. In his early years he
was called into King Saul’s service, selected by God, anointed by Samuel to be
King in Israel; while Saul was still alive and reigning. Saul sought to
kill David time after time. Eventually, David is found hiding in caves,
running for his life. Yet, in the midst of all his struggles David kept a
pure heart. He struggled to maintain his integrity before God, regardless
of what people might have thought about him.
On at least two occasions King Saul was delivered into David’s hands.
David and his men could have killed Saul, and David’s men viewed Saul’s
vulnerability as a deliverance by God; they said (in so many words), here he is
let’s lets kill him and take the kingdom, God has given his life to us.
Yet we find David, under the deep conviction of God restraining his men, holding
his integrity before God and keeping himself from taking matters into his own
hands. David wrote,
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress,
and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the
horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
In essence David was saying, there are some things that only God can do, and
regardless of appearances or the counsel of trusted confidants we must trust God
and wait on His divine deliverances. In verses 23-28 David reveals that a
faithful trusting servant in the midst of trial is one that maintains
uprightness (vs 23), righteousness (vs 24), cleanness (vs 24), mercy (vs 25),
and purity (vs 26). David then notes that with the froward God will show
himself froward. Frowardness is the opposite of all the other
characteristics; it is crookedness. We might call it compromise. The
froward is one who would say, well something is telling me to wait on God,
but . . . Whenever the
but arises in your decision making
beware. God is looking for integrity in the midst of life’s temptations
and trials. Throughout this Psalm David contrasts the honor of integrity
with the obscurity of compromise and its ensuing wickedness. Compromise
always ends in tragedy.
The point seems clear. It is not always easy to wait on God’s deliverance.
Circumstances lure us, our desire to work it all out for ourselves and to be out
of the trial draws upon us, but our integrity before God will always be honored
by God. I have often said, when you are in a trial and you are not
absolutely sure what to do, do everything you can that maintains your integrity
before God, and then trust God to do the rest. It is not easy to step back
and trust God, especially when things are in the gray or unclear, but it is our
only real option. There are many times in life when we just must say,
“Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, make me stand . . .” Perhaps you
need to take your Lord Jesus’ hand today.
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