David Always Prayed

Handwritten page from the book of Psalms chapter 5 verse 8 through chapter 7 verse 7
Psa 5:8-7:7

Synopsis     Psalms 5:8-7:7     8/18/2021 

Here are portions of three Psalms written by King David. The conclusion of Psalm 5 contrasts the character qualities of evildoers versus those who trust in God. In the end, the psalmist writes an appeal that evildoers would be exposed and punished. At the same time, the king prays that those who trust God will be made glad.  

Psalm 6 focuses on David’s infirmity and distress. In it, David appeals for healing and restoration. Yet, in the end, David expresses his confidence that God has heard and answered his prayer. 

In Psalm 7, Saul drove David into the wilderness and persecuted him. Faced with the overwhelming odds against him, David cried out to God. Specifically, he appealed to God on the basis of his own innocence.  

David Always Prayed 

David had his ups and downs. In one moment of his life, he asked God to preserve him because he was innocent. However, in another moment, when he had clearly and grievously sinned, he asked God for mercy even though he didn’t deserve mercy.  

Always Pray 

I experience life like David. I often feel joy at the goodness and beauty of life. And, I have times where I feel remorse and shame for the wrong things that I have done. Similarly, there are other times when I feel offended for things that other people have done to me.  

And, it’s probably safe to say that most people have similar moments of experience.  

But one difference between me and King David is an almost continuous state of prayer. David seems to have brought everything to God in prayer. And God honored this tendency both by responding to David’s requests and by memorializing the constancy of his relationship with God.  

“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thess 5:7 

August 18, 2021

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