Daily D – Psalm 13:6
Psalm 13:6 I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ps 13:6.
King David had a bottom-line faith. No matter how hard the wind, no matter how it twisted his trunk or shook his leaves, his roots were firmly embedded in the goodness of God.
This song displays something of what must have led to the writing of 1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22. David had hard times aplenty. David sinned some of the biggest sins you can sin. David repeatedly experienced what had to feel like abandonment.
David could have become the premier Emo singer of all time. (Look up Emo in Wikipedia.) Instead, he is known for thanksgiving and praise, for repentance and restoration.
Verses 1-4 in this psalm are drenched with the cold sweat and hot tears of abandonment pain. Verse 5 marks a turning, a return to who David knew God to be. God’s love never fails. His salvation is the source of many songs. However harsh the current reality, God’s ultimate reality is sweeter than honey from the comb.
I had an Emo moment of my own last week. (Don’t ask.) I may have gone a few verses past David’s example here. The boutique hotel I was staying in had a movie-set spotlight in the corner of the room. As I paced the floor and walked near that decorative piece, I was reminded how he who brought me this far would most certainly lead me forward.
King David gave this name bearer an example to follow, a reminder of God’s nature and character, a prayer to pray, and a good night’s rest.
Let your hard times drive you back to the goodness of God. Let the gales sink your roots deeper in his grace. Let the cold reality of life’s harshness strengthen your trust.
Let King David’s bottom line become your bottom line.
I will sing the LORD’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.
Our Father, there are not enough songs of praise written and performed to match your goodness and grace. Your loving reality excels them all. I will glance at my hurt feelings and personal challenges. I will consider my setbacks. I will grieve my losses. Like King David, I will also sing your praise because of how good you have been to me. I will sing even louder knowing the best is yet to be. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.