"O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar... Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD."
(PSALM 139:1-2, 4)
David stands out as possibly the best known and most beloved of the biblical writers, giving us much in the collection of Psalms. A surface look at David shows us a complex man of military strength who also had a gentle, creative side. We know him as a shepherd boy who became a man of valor and a king who powerfully led his nation. A musician and a poet, David touched lives during his lifetime and centuries later.
But what’s far more important for us to see when we read the stories of David and the poetry he wrote is whom David’s life and writings are pointing us to. David was a shadow of our promised King, Jesus. Where David was a good king, he has only foreshadowed our perfect King. And where David fell, our King lived faultlessly. Today we know that only because of Jesus’ life and sacrifice on our behalf can our unrighteous thoughts and actions be removed. He stands holding out holy, nail-scarred hands to each of us.
Along with David we can praise God, cry out to Him, stand in awe of Him, and find comfort in Him.
About the writer:
Dell Smith Klein and her husband live in the Weaver Mountains of Arizona. She was raised on a ranch in central Arizona, so familiarity with the life, terrain and treasures of the desert is a mark of her. She has been a secretary, teacher, newspaper writer, evangelist and Gospel singer. Currently, she writes for various ministries but also likes to make time for desert hikes, reading and taking trips into town.
BECAUSE OF JESUS, WE CAN WALK IN CONFIDENCE. "THOUGH I WALK IN THE MIDST OF TROUBLE, YOU PRESERVE