(November 3, 2014)
I can understand so much more of the Psalms than I could the last time that I read through them. For example, my heart wasn’t ready to understand the difficulties of dealing with friends, family, and acquaintances acting as our enemies the last time I read through this – I had never experienced any sort of betrayal that would compare. Now, having had people I felt I should trust turn against me for reasons good and bad, I can better understand what David is saying about accepting things from our enemies but having more trouble accepting the same things from our friends.
David experienced a great deal in his life, from righteousness to sin and from loyalty to betrayal. He lost a son to rebellion. His father-figure turned against him. He had a wife who mocked him. He was a leader of men who were outcasts and a leader of men who were civilized. The Lord taught him a great deal through all of this, and it makes what he has to share with us worth reading.