Give ear to my prayer, O God, And do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Attend to me, And hear me; I am restless in my complaint and moan noisily. Psalm 55 NKJV
David cried out to God concerning the betrayal of a friend. He gave the pain anger and desire for revenge to the Lord, why? Because He trusted God with everything!
David is such a great role model for men. He was John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Kirk Douglas centuries before they were born. He was a war hero. Men confidently followed him into battle. He was the prince charming of women’s dreams.
David was also a man with blood on his hands. The sword never left his side. He was a womanizer. More than once he cast his eye on a beautiful woman and took her without regard for anyone. On his death bed a virgin was brought in to keep him warm at night.
This man who was so prone to gross sin surrendered his heart and life to the Lord again and again. His soul waged war against the sinful nature he inherited and prevailed, how?
God called David a man after His own heart because He could see into David’s heart. He knew the man of war could fight and win his battle of faith. He could love God with all his heart soul and mind even though he had difficulty understanding what love really is.
David desired the approval of God more than the approval of men. He craved God’s love more than the love of women.
Praying may not have come naturally to David. It was something he learned. He also learned he could defeat his enemies on the field of battle. He struggled with the decision to trust God every day. He made mistakes. He sinned. But he won his battle of faith!
You may be a man or women other people look up to and admire. You may be someone who turns heads when you walk down the street. You may not. It really does not matter. We all struggle with the desire to use our natural skills and abilities for sinful purposes.
We struggle with the desire to take matters into our own hands when people sin against us. Our battles may be much different but we have the same enemy David had, our sinful nature.
In this psalm we get a sense of David’s struggle. He was angry and resentful. He wanted revenge.
You may be angry and resentful. You may want revenge. You can prevail against the sinful nature waging war against your soul!
Cry out to Jesus. He will hear you. Ask the Lord to help you win your battle of faith.
Trust Jesus with everything. Surrender your heart and life to Jesus everyday!
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