Psalm 17: 6 (King David writes) “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words. 7 Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.”
As king of the Israelites, David had lots of resources at his disposal to address any problem. What I appreciate about him is his willingness to seek the Lord as the answer to his problems. If you read the scriptures you know David messed up on many occasions in multiple ways, but there is one thing he always got right. He was absolutely clear that Yahweh was his God and that he belonged to Yahweh alone, not to the many other “gods” in his world at the time. Because he’s clear on his identity as a child of God, David does not hesitate to share his expectations of God, “Wondrously show your steadfast love…”.
It’s been a week since I wrote something here. It has been a trying week. I wrote my previous post from an ICU waiting room as I was attending to my brother Chris and the rest of our family as we waited nervously for word of his health after a cardiac arrest. A week later he is still being evaluated and the outcome remains uncertain. And so these words from David speak to me today.
Heavenly Father, by the grace extended to me and my family in Jesus Christ, I am confident of who I am and who you are to me. You are God. I am your servant, as is my brother Chris. Lord be present with my family is this difficult time. Lay your healing hand on my brother that he may live and not die, and may proclaim your glory to the world. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.