“As for me…I said, “I shall never be moved.’”
Psalm 30:6 AMP
One of my favorite warfare songs is I Will Not Be Moved, by Natalie Grant. This song epitomizes my life just in the first lyric, “I have been a wayward child, I have acted out.” Anyone who knows the story of David knows this lyric is quite fitting for him also. In Psalms 21-30 we see a lot of praise and lot of David claiming innocence, but in chapter 25 verse 11 David confesses this, “For Your Name’s Sake, O Lord, pardon my wickedness and guilt, for they are great.” Later in another chapter David will speak of his integrity and character noting that he does not sit with deceitful men but here we see him admitting he too has faults. Don’t we all? I think it’s David’s awareness of his faults that allowed him to offer grace to his enemies (and by grace I mean he chose not to kill Saul when he had the chance but instead trusted God to deal with Saul accordingly for the one who pursued David’s life with a jealous vengeance.)
The second verse to Natalie Grant’s song is, “Bitterness has plagued my heart, many times before. My life has been like broken glass and I have kept the score. Of all my shattered dreams and though it seems, that I was far too gone. My brokenness helped me to see, it’s grace I’m standing on.” We see bitterness in David in Psalm 22. David begins with, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? O God, I call out by day, but You do not answer. And by night, but I find no rest nor quiet.” Psalm 21 is full of praise and worship to God but Psalm 22 throws the reader deep into a pit of bitterness. Why? Because even David, the man after God’s own heart, the man God anointed personally to be king, wrestled with bitterness. It’s human nature. The enemy’s best darts are bitterness, despair, and hopelessness. If he can hit us with any of those darts he knows he can get a stronger foothold to drag us right down into anger, fear, depression, resentment and the biggest faith killer-doubt. The best way to combat those darts-do like David did and turn that despair in to praise. Toward the end of chapter 22, David writes (in verse 26), “The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; those who [diligently] seek Him and require Him [as their greatest need] will praise the Lord…” That is the perfect example of the last line in verse 2 of Natalie Grant’s song-“My brokenness helped me to see, it’s grace I’m standing on.” Psalm 22 starts out showing David’s brokenness. But it ends with David praising God. And in Psalm 26:12 David declares; “My foot stands on a level place, in the congregations I will bless the Lord.” David stood on the Rock, claimed God as his Redeemer and never took his eyes off his Savior. That’s a true example of being immovable.
The reprise of this Natalie Grant song goes like this, “And the chaos in my life, has been the badge I’ve worn. And though I have been torn, I will not be moved.” David wore a badge of chaos for most of his life. It’s evident when Saul became jealous of him and pursued his life. He literally hid in a cave for safety. It’s evident when he became king and fought many battles against many nations. It’s evident when he had an affair with Bathsheba and tried to cover up her pregnancy by having her husband Uriah killed. It’s evident by the many wives he had and the dysfunction that took place between his children. David lived a chaotic life. But one thing remained throughout it all and it’s most evident in Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my Light and My Salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life-whom shall I dread?” We see evidence again in Psalm 27:13 when David writes, “I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” The one thing David did amidst all the chaos in his life was stand on God’s promises and trust in God for deliverance.
God calls us to do the same. The scriptures are not written just for those who lived during that time. In fact, these Psalms were written while David was in the midst of his storms. He didn’t have the gospel to turn to for wisdom, solace or as a reminder of God’s faithfulness. David only had his faith to rely on and God’s wisdom speaking directly to him. His ability to hear God’s voice (along with God’s use of prophets in David’s era) and to choose to trust in God is what made David a conqueror over all his enemies. God gives us the same ability. In today’s age of the internet, media, cell phones and busyness it’s a greater challenge for us to hear God but He still speaks to us daily and like David tells us in Psalm 27:14, God wants us to, “Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.”
That’s easier said than done when you’re in the throws of a hurricane, right? If that’s happening to you right now, I want to encourage you to try this (and I’m going to put it into practice too.) Meditate on Psalm 23 reminding yourself that God is our shepherd, we have nothing to want. He leads us beside still waters, He restores us and refreshes. Even when we walk in times of darkness and evil, we do not have to fear for He is with us. He is our Shepherd, thus, His rod and staff bring us comfort. Goodness and mercy are with us and we will dwell in God’s house someday. Once you’re done with Psalm 23, meditate on this passage also from Psalm 30 verses 11 and 12; “You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.” While you’re meditating on these passages, remember this. David didn’t thank God after God delivered him. David thanked God while he was in the eye of the storm, while he was hiding in a cave, while he was grieving the death of a child and while he was battling some pretty severe enemies. David didn’t wait for God to answer, he knew God would answer and that was cause enough for him to praise Abba. Please take the time to read Psalm 21-30 and see for yourself just how David again used praise and worship to stand on God’s promises and increase his faith.