When times get tough, when relationships begin to build tension, when the path gets foggy and dark — what thoughts are filling your head in those moments?
Last week, we saw that David had kings and princes plotting against him. Instead of meditating on his worry, fear, or strategy for dealing with the problem, David meditated on the statutes of God. How surprising! And how unlike me.
But as we will see, David’s meditation on God’s Word wasn’t solely for the purpose of gaining inner peace. God’s Word is what guided David like a compass or a road map — helping David deal with each situation by giving clarity and bringing to light the right course of action.
It might be interesting to know that the translation for the verse above could mean “men of my counsel.”
David wrote this verse after experiencing the terror of having the king of Israel chasing after him like a criminal. Like any king, Saul had a counsel of men helping him know what to do. Saul didn’t like David and had declared him a fugitive of Israel. Can you imagine what it would have been like to have a king after you, a king surrounded and counseled by some of the smartest men around?⠀
The thought of the smartest men in the country plotting your capture and defeat is terrifying. But the truth is that the wisdom of those men were no match to the counsel of God. It’s no wonder that God’s decrees were David’s delight. These decrees were his lifeline. His marching orders. His protection. His help.
Maybe we would love God’s Word more if we had a greater sense of our need for it. Though I would never wish to be in David’s situation — I have to wonder if David’s fugitive status was actually a blessing from the Lord. In the heat of the chase, David discovered an even greater need for the Words of God. David knew that his help was going to come from God alone. He had faith that, even against all the smartest men in the country, God’s counsel, help, deliverance, and promise would win out.
And in that way, we see God preparing David for the task ahead. There is a pattern in the Bible — men and women who are used by God are often sent into a type of “wilderness” or hardship. It’s in that season that their faith is solidified and they gain deep understanding of their need for God. Before becoming king, David was a fugitive. Before delivering his people from the greatest nation in the world, Moses too was a fugitive. Even Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting and praying before launching his world changing ministry.
It’s in these wilderness seasons that we learn to embrace the good and perfect counsel of God. When we are stripped of everything else — it’s then that we learn that God is truly enough. It might be hard to see right now, but this is a gift from God. Trusting in men, trusting in our own ability, trusting in anything else is simply foolish because none of those things are strong enough or powerful enough to get us through. God often allows a seasons in our lives when we must learn to depend on Him alone — and He does this so that we are less likely to be deceived into trusting in other things as life goes on.
Are you letting God be your counsel and help?
Are you maybe in a wilderness season? A season where you have no where else to turn but to God? I just want to encourage you not to be bitter and confused. Though it may be hard to see now, God has likely allowed this season in your life in order to bless you opening your eyes to all that you have in Him.