Psalm 61:1-8 – Have you ever felt overwhelmed in life?
We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we need some help.
God has a way of showing us how self reliant we tend to be. We know in our heads that we need other people but sometimes it doesn’t affect the way we live. When a person is faced with something that they just cant handle, they often realize then, and then alone that they can’t do “this” on thier own.
God didn’t design us to stand and survive on our own. He designed us to lean on others and to lean on him as we go through life. God designed us to lean on something that is solid, to lean on Him. We are so helpless in so many ways, yet we insist to try to do things on our own.
Hebrews 11:21 – So, the question is for us… what are we leaning on?
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Lean on Him, and He shall direct thy paths. The things of this life and this world that so many people lean on will all go away… but not God!
We don’t know what Davids thought process was after he was anointed king. Samuel had anointed him, but what would the steps be that would lead to him being placed on the throne over Israel.
1 Samuel 17:37 – David had some abilities, he could have chosen to trust himself and the abilities that he had. He didn’t, at least from what it appears like in the scriptures. David wasn’t trusting in a strip of leather and a rock when he faced Goliath, even though he was probably quite skilled with the sling.
David said, “God is with me…” that was the key to his victory and to the rest of his life.
The God we serve is much bigger than a giant. Why do we lean on our own abilities instead of on an all powerful God and creator.
Does the work of God get done with only your abilities? Sure, we can get some things done this way, but if its just us in our own abilities we are getting far less done than if we go in the strength of God.
1 Samuel 18:13 – Things are starting to happen. Perhaps now the steps to the throne wouldn’t be but so may. It is a real temptation when we have a position like this is to lean on that instead of lean on God. Leaning on our popularity is a mistake.
David had friends and people in his life who were in high places. He could have leaned on these friends to get to the throne, but he didn’t. Michael, Jonathan, Samuel. People, no matter how wonderful they are, are still people.
We should never lean on our human support system to the extent where it takes the place of God. There can only be one person on the throne of our life, that person needs to be God.
Matthew 28 – I am with you always, even to the end of the world.
Psalm 34 – This is something that David wrote while in some very difficult times. David learned to praise God in the midst of his difficulties.