David’s life has not been easy. He knows rejection, betrayal, humiliation and loss. As a boy he wasn’t considered in the line up for king. His brother dismisses him before he takes down Goliath. Saul chases him for years trying to kill him bc of his own jealousy. His best friend dies in battle. He loses his infant child as a result of his own sin. His grown children have severe brokenness; Amnon raped Tamar and Absalom killed Amnon. His own son, Absalom, slept with his concubines in public and tried to take the kingdom and then was murdered. David’s own men betrayed him. He was constantly at war against his enemies; so much so that the Lord would not allow him to build His house, as David’s heart desired, due to the amount of blood on David’s hands. Yet…in spite of all that…David had joy! How is that possible?! 👆🙏 David understood that his joy did not come from his circumstances but from his relationship with the Lord. “The Lord is my light and my salvation…The Lord is the strength of my life…Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.” David also understood that pain on this side of heaven is fleeting but the goodness of the Lord is forever. “And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
And yes, even King David hit rock bottom but he always had hope in the Lord. “I am forgotten like a dead man, out of my mind; I am like a broken vessel. For I hear the slander of many…But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’” Keep reading.