Mercy & Joy

Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.  Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, I lift up my soul.  You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.  Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.  Psalm 86:1-6

David is the writer of Psalm.  He is the same man who was once a little shepherd boy and somewhere along the way became king.  He had an affair with Bathsheba and arranged for her husband to be sent to the front lines of war so he would surely die, and he did.  David was a sinful man who made many mistakes and yet, God said that David is a man after God’s own heart.  It took me years to understand why God said this.

I absolutely love the book of Psalm.  I almost feel like I’m reading King David’s diary.  He’s writing love letters to God.  Then he’s writing letters and songs asking God to devour his enemies and to show him favor. I always thought, how can this man be a man after God’s own heart when he was clearly a fornicator, an adulterer, and a murderer?  The thing is that his life is evident of 1 very important factor.  No matter what was happening in his life, whether sin, war, sacrifice, or joy, David offered praise to God in every single Psalm.  Every single one.  God was evident in his life.

Clearly, David was one of the most repentive men in the Bible.  He was quick to fall on His knees and confess his sins.  He was quick to turn himself around and allow God to work and have his way in David’s life.  He constantly surrendered to God, asked for wisdom, seeked counsel from godly men, and he always gave glory to God in all things.  Even when God told David that his first born son with Bathsheba would not live and would have to be his sacrifice for the sin they committed together, he worshipped God. (You can read about that story here: David & Bathsheba . Also, remember, this is in the old testament before Christ was born.  Sin had to be atoned by a blood/life sacrifice before Jesus gave his life for us.)

David is also the same man, the same king who danced naked in the courtyard before the Lord.  He stripped himself of everything, hiding nothing and he danced and worshipped God in front of everyone…naked!

“Bring joy to your servant, for to you, I lift up my soul.”

Such powerful words for such a humble king who was completely unashamed of His devotion to God.  I want to be stripped of everything that is unpleasing to the Lord and I want to be completely consumed with His time, His love, and His favor and I want to be quick to repent when I sin.  I want the Lord to say “Rachel is a woman after my own heart”! What about you?

Lord, I cry for mercy. Make me like David in a way that I am so devoted to you that I don’t care what people might think or say.  Make me be quick to repent, humble to serve you, and earnestly hungry in my soul for all of you Lord. Give songs of praise to me so I can offer them back to you.  Take this day.  I give it back to you.  Help me to know your peace, to remain calm, to know that you are with me and you are in control.  Just as David did, I lift up my soul to you.  Bring me, your servant, joy.  In Jesus name, Amen.

I lift up my soul

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