One of the most relatable books of the Bible is Psalms. Many of these amazing songs of prayer and praise were written by King David.
David was a man after God’s own heart. (I Samuel 13:14) He shepherded God’s people and worshiped with all of his being. He also took another man’s wife and had her husband murdered.
You want to talk about drama? David lived it. Injustice? He walked through the worst of it. Heartbreak over human tendency to sin and fall short? David experienced the depth of it. Gratitude bubbling up to overflowing? That too!
Through every mountain and valley moment, David modeled what it means to walk intimately with God in prayer.
He didn’t mince words. He spoke to God as a man talks with a friend and as one who recognized his need for God to move in His life and circumstances.
- When the sting of rejection hit, he prayed with raw truthfulness:
“But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people…” Psalm 22:6
- When trials came, he prayed for protection:
“Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.” Psalm 16:1
- When thankfulness overflowed, he poured out words of praise:
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:3-4
If you read about his life you see he faced countless situations that brought fear to his heart. David was a fighter but there were moments he fled instead of standing firm in faith, and times he bypassed going to God and took matters into his own hands. Yet through all the crazy ups and downs of life, including his own mistakes, we see him turning to God again and again.
Here today, not much has changed. Our tendency is to rely on ourselves first. We fight. We flee. But our best life comes when make it a habit to go to God first in prayer, to set aside time to be real with him, to recognize our dependency on Him, to pour out our praise and remember we are never alone.