Most of us hate criticism, even when it comes in the form of constructive criticism. We often want to take cover from that.
Rebuke, or a strike against us, is going way too far as far as we are concerned.
But that is not the way David saw it. When strikes or rebukes came from a righteous person, he saw that as a blessing, because he recognized that its design was to make him stronger.
“Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken. They will say, ‘As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.’ But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death. Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.”
One of the ways that David looked at all that was going on around him was not so much what was said to him, although he listened, but what God was doing. He determined to keep his eyes, his heart, his direction centered on the Lord.
That’s the way to make it through any day.
May we keep our eyes on You. Lord, thank You that we don’t have to figure it all out because You already have.