Prayer for the day
Awake, O my God, decree justice; let the assembly of peoples gather around you. Let the malice of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God.
Scripture for the day
The Lord was with David. It was evident. In all that he did, he found incredible success. He killed animals, he was given accuracy in his fight with Goliath, he found favor with the men of Israel in military campaigns, he was befriended by the king’s son and beloved of the king’s daughter.
By all accounts, David was an incredibly beloved individual. God had been incredibly good to him. Yet in the early days, David’s humility prevented him from seeing his gifts as deserved. He spoke regularly to those who would insist on his worthiness, arguing that all he had done and all he had had been gifts of God.
Jesus talks about the nature of the Father when he talks about how we pray. He talks about God being a gracious and a giving God. He talks about a God who is the Father who gives good gifts to His children.
I remember assuming that the gifts of God would always be bad, would require things of me I didn’t want to give. But now, looking back at my life, I can see the words of Jesus ringing true in my life and in the life of David, the man who would be king eventually.
David maintained throughout most of his life the idea that whatever God gave was good, and that what was good was a gift. It allowed him to, for a large portion of his life, be a king who typified the faithfulness and graciousness of God.
Let us, like David, be grateful recipients of the good gifts of a Good Father.