1 A Song of Praise. Of David. I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. (The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.)
14 The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Shepherd. Warrior. Poet. Murderer. Nation builder. Songwriter. King. Sinner. Musician. Visionary. Failed father. Schemer. Adulterer. Architect. Leader.
Looking at the life of David is like watching a yo-yo go up and down. On one hand, David was a very spiritual man who had a tender heart for God. He spent much time praying and praising God and wrote many psalms that led people to worship God. Yet, when he went into combat he was a fierce warrior, military genius, and victorious over his enemies.
David had a great passion for honoring God and leading His people in many ways that pleased Him. Yet, he neglected his children and failed to control, guide or discipline them. He also committed adultery and murdered a man while trying to hide his sin.
His life reflects many contributions to others as well as contradictions in his walk with God. In the final analysis, however, David was a person just like us. He struggled with being human and was overcome by temptations which led to sin and suffering. Yet, the Lord understood his imperfect nature, and never abandoned him. Why? Because God does not expect perfection but progression. God saw in his heart a desire to worship and serve Him.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for promising us that You will “lift up the fallen” if we repent and seek forgiveness. Help us to abide in You and not be overcome by temptation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Source: Guido Ministries Seeds of Hope Devotionals by Dr. Larry Guido @www.sowerministries.org. Used by permission.
Scripture taken from the English Standard Version® Copyright ©2001 (revisions in 2007, 2011, and 2016) by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers