Reading through the Bible together
God called David to his role and knew he would become an extraordinary leader. The two communed in a powerful way – so powerful that the words of their conversations still inspire those of us who read the Psalms today.
David always prayed honestly to God, with no pretense. He didn’t purify his prayers but viewed his life as an open book with God. This Psalm is another great example of the directness and honesty of David. He pleads with God – “Don’t go silent on me! If You go silent, I will fall down with those who go into the wicked pit. I need You to hear my requests when I cry to You and when I lift up my hands to You.”
David models a prayer life in the Psalms that each of us should follow . . . tell God everything and share with Him the concerns of our innermost souls. God can handle it! In fact, you can find almost every emotion and mood throughout the Psalms, because David was so expressive with God.
During prayer, we are set free in God’s presence to deal with difficult truths without the fear of being misunderstood. Where else can we find the freedom of true heart-to-heart talks? David depended on this kind of deep communion with God to keep himself focused on his leadership responsibilities.
This Psalm ends with praises and a celebration of praise for God’s answered prayers, which David never forgot to do:
“Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
The Lord is my strength and shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped.”
Let us rededicate ourselves to an expressive prayer life with the Lord, heart to heart conversations.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Southern Adventist University