I was reading through Psalms this morning and noting how dark and heavy the burden of leadership must have been for David. The imagery is of warfare, deliverance, and sometimes extreme violence. It denotes a man who had seen all these things, and the Psalms seem like a personal diary of David’s honest emotional relationship with God. Some of the portions do not seem like scripture in a New Testament sense – they are raw and show David’s distrust of his enemies (who are trying to destroy him and his country). But then light seems to break out – and David moves from recording laments and doodling his cry for help and he begins to worship God – that clarity and these moments are like refreshing water to the dehydrated. I feel for David, but in my devotion this morning – I also worship with him. Join me in reading Psalm 8:
“Lord, our Lord,how majestic is your name in all the earth!You have set your gloryin the heavens. Through the praise of children and infantsyou have established a stronghold against your enemies,to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens,the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars,which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angelsand crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands;you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds,and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky,and the fish in the sea,all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord,how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
Thank you Lord for bringing David to worship even in the midst of chaos. You charged him with leadership and he sometimes wavered, but he always loved you. May we all, even in our own triumphs and victories, remember you – our Creator, and fall on our knees from time to time to give you you’re due. You perform miracle after miracle, including the greatest one of all – existence. For this I am glad. Amen.