psalms of david 2

Every time I read about David’s relationship with God my heart burns and yearns for that. I want the faith that David had. I want the very personal relationship with God that David had. I want to be completely filled with His Spirit and totally engulfed by His Presence. David knew that God’s presence was the best part of life. He knew that meeting with his heavenly Father was far greater than any victory, possession, status, or honor. And it was for that reason that he lived a life full of the very thing he sought: the presence of the living God. The meetings between God and David shaped human history forever. David knew what it was to be in the presence of God. In fact, being in God’s presence was his fuel, greatest joy, and source of courage. In Psalm 16:11 David writes, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” And in verse 5 he writes, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.” David was a man who consistently chose to meet with God over filling his days with the fleeting and unsatisfying things of the world. He centered his life around meeting with God, and it changed the history of not only his nation, but nations to come. Out on the fields, David learned of God’s power and desire for deliverance. He learned what it was to meet with God in the daily work of life. And he carried that knowledge with him into every battle, trial, and failure. We see it in Psalm 16:1-2 where David prays, “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.’” I love that. I want that. I need that. All glory to my Lord and Savior.