Read: Psalm 59:1-17
You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. Psalm 59:17
King Saul is after David to kill him for no good reason other than the King is possessed or crazy or both. David is hiding out in his home and the king sends soldiers to take his life. If you read yesterday’s passage you know that David escaped out the window with the help of his wife, who happened to be King Saul’s daughter.
So David, for unjust reasons, or no reason whatever, has been condemned to death by the king. I don’t know about you, but when someone falsely accuses me or attacks me, I take it really personally. The temptation to make my case on FaceBook, or tell everyone I know how wrong the other party is can be overwhelmingly strong. And the whole situation threatens my inner peace. Can you relate?
But David doesn’t do that. He places his hope and trust in God. He looks to God and not to what others are saying or doing. He is not comparing himself or his situation to others.
I have found that when I can resist the temptation to care what others are saying and doing, and can put my eyes on God, that David’s statement becomes true in my life. “You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.”
When I stop listening to haters and crazy people and focus on God, peace wells up in my heart. I start to trust that God is really God and will work it all out. My job is to put my eyes on Him, my trust in Him, and like David, take the high road every time.
Jesus – help me keep my eyes on you. Help me to not get caught up in the comparison game. Help me to not play the defensive game. Help me to ignore the haters and crazy people in my life and get my sense of self from you. Thanks for loving me so much. I love you too. In your name… Amen.