“For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.”
This scripture summarizes Psalm 18. It is a rather long Psalm for someone who doesn’t read their Bible but it tells a beautiful story about the character of God and the place of His people. Psalm 18 is written by David, one of the greatest kings and God’s servant. To be God’s servant means that you live for God and do what He asks you to do. David was not perfect but he admitted his wrongdoing and turned from his wicked ways to live a life in full submission to God.
Psalm 18 begins talking about how faithful God is to David. David views God as his rock, his refuge, his fortress, his strength, his deliverer, his shield, his stronghold. God is all of these things to David and to us. We are not alone, and whether we believe in God or not, God created all of us and He loves each and every one of us. God does not want us to do life without Him, so He is willing to become for us whatever we need Him to be. Sometimes we are weak, so we need God to be our strength. Sometimes we are confused, so we need God to be our voice of reason and clarity. God wants us to know that we don’t have to be and do it all when we choose to walk with Him. Whatever our shortcomings and weaknesses are God will be there for us to be our strength.
” ‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ‘”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
David then talks about all of the trouble he has gone through, how death surrounded him, and destruction pursued him, how traps were before him waiting to catch him and make him fall. But through it all and in every hardship David cried out to God and God heard him. God is with us. He wants to rescue us. Life will never be perfect and free of struggle, but when things get hard God wants us to cry out to Him and call out to Him to come to save us. God wants to be in relationship with us, He wants to be the one we run to, the one we call, the one we cry out for. God is the only one capable of saving us from everything and anything we could go through.
David talks about how God came down and made himself known and rescued David from every enemy, from every high water, and every difficult situation. We don’t have to rescue ourselves, we don’t have to figure everything out, we don’t have to chart our own course. God is our rescuer, He already has all of the answers, and He already knows the absolute best path we could take.
David realized that through it all he did his part by being a good servant of God by keeping His word, being obedient to God, asking for forgiveness, and turning from the mistakes he made along the way. God knows that we aren’t going to be perfect, God knows that we will mess up, and fall off. All God asks of us is that we don’t give up in doing what’s right, that we remain humble by admitting our faults, and that we also remain righteous by turning away from wickedness and towards God. God’s way is perfect, and it’s by staying in God’s will and His way that each of us will be equipped to live the best and most fulfilling life possible. God will enable us to do things we never could have imagined, despite all of our shortcomings and mistakes, he will exalt us as much as we humble ourselves before Him. He will do things in and through us that only He has the power to do. We live our lives thinking we know what’s best and we know how to live the best life possible but we lie to ourselves every day, because only God knows the way to the best life, to eternal life, and we have to seek Him in order to find it! But it all starts with knowing His way.