The Humility That Made Him Great
"Bow down your ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy." Psalm 86:1 Poor and needy? This was written by a KING! And God said of King David that he is a man after God's own heart (Act 13:22). The greatness of King David was his utter humility. How many kings would even think to approach God? Is there a king or ruler on earth who isn't all about himself? This man was all about his relationship to his Lord. As for himself, David considered himself "poor and needy," hardly the words of a king but the very words that made him great. Do you know any kings or heads of state who consider themselves servants, not servants to their own agendas but humbly serving the needs of their people? Some perhaps, but not many. Yet for David, it was all about God's will in his life, seeking how he could serve the Lord. It was to the Lord God that David bowed himself and surrendered his soul. vs 4: "Rejoice the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul." While most men of name and fame hardly give God a thought, David prayed and sought to know the ways of God, the will of God, to know how God would have him walk. His highest goal was to "unite my heart to fear your name." Is it any wonder that God called David, who had sinned greatly, "a man after my own heart?" vs 11: "Teach me your way, O Lord, I will walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name." But hell resists him ferociously. vs 14: "O God, the proud have risen against me, and a mob of violent men have sought my life, and have not set you before them." And this will always be the case - wherever there is a man wholly surrendered to the Lord, there will be opposition from evil men who have only contempt for God. They have not set God before them, they have no interest in God nor in anyone or anything that God loves. As Cain killed Abel, so it will always be that the wicked will oppose those who belong to God. They will mock God's people and set traps to ensnare them to make them look bad. Don't be afraid or dismayed when this happens to you. If you belong to the Lord, Satan will come against you in painful ways. Your faith will be tested to the end of its strength. But God will restore you. vs 17: "Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me." Let us pray for the leaders of our land, that the righteous may gain a voice for the sake of God, and that the protection of the Lord surround them. They surely need our prayers, for the hatred and maliciousness of hell is doing all it can to destroy the name of any Godly man among them, and make them look foolish. Observe and see if this isn't true. Satan is exposed by his very predictability. Keep your eyes on the Lord. He alone will sort everything out and his plans will not ever be stopped.