Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.
(Psalms 5:4 (NIV))
David knew the very heart of God!
He strived to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Because of this, he often came under attack by the enemy, but because he strived to do what was right, God protected him and blessed him. This is obvious if you read anything about David’s encounter with Goliath, his ability to soothe Saul with his music, or David’s exploits against the enemies of God and Israel. It becomes obviously clear when Saul became jealous and tried to kill David. David was able to flee for his life and over the next few years, he had the ability to kill Saul multiple times, but did not do so. He knew that this was not what God wanted.
It was David’s desire to know God and to please God that probably prompted God to choose David to be king. Once he became king, it is true that he failed at times. David committed acts that came from his sinful nature and as a result, he suffered the consequences. Even with this sin, there was a spark within David that longed for God. When he realized his errors, his sins, he repented. He made a choice to turn away from his sin and turn back to the Lord.
David was a prolific writer and musician in additon to being a warrior and a king. He recorded his thoughts and his understanding of God so that his knowledge could be shared with many generations to come. Have you ever wondered how David became a man after God’s own heart? It is simple. He spent countless days and nights tending to his father’s herds. He used this time to get to know the Lord. He used this time to grow in spiritual maturity so that even as a young man, he was able to face Goliath with certainty that the Lord God would prevail. Through all of his quiet time with the Lord, David came to understand God’s heart and His desire for righteousness and what that righteousness consists of. He came to know that God detests wickedness.
David grew to despise wickedness. David pleaded with the Lord to lead him in His righteousness. The closer that David drew to the Lord, the more that he understood God’s heart. After reading this passage, I have often wondered if David humbly asked God if He was pleased with him. To be honest with you, I feel that this is a question that all of us must ask the Lord not just once, but on a regular basis. We are only human and we all fall short of the glory of God daily. When this happens, and it will, we must humbly repent. We don’t want to hear these words.
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
(Matthew 7:22-23 (NIV))
Lord, are you pleased with me?