“Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them. As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change— he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God. My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant. His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.” Psalm 55:15-23
David was a shepherd boy, a hero, a worshiper, a singer, a harp player, a soldier, a king, a leader, an adulterer, a murderer. That is quite a resume and for a lot of it he would have wanted the records closed and sealed. There were consequences, but because he asked for forgiveness, the punishment did not follow him into eternity. The punishment is now closed and sealed. But as far as testimony, those words have been recorded for all of eternity. Those words are opened and revealed. His life is an open book.
I am so glad. It gives me hope.
He speaks of his enemies and challenges us to find comfort and strength from God. David has lived on both sides of this fence. He has suffered loss; he has brought loss. He knows that the very best counsel possible is this:
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
But here’s the problem: I’m not righteous! Actually, the Bible is very clear that no one is.
“As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one;’” Romans 3:10
Hmmm, so we’re not righteous and yet this tells us that He will not let the righteous be shaken. How do those two work together?
The answer is that Jesus died to take our sin upon Himself, pay the punishment for our sin, and then cover us with His righteousness.
When we accept that gift from Him, we become righteous. We can claim the promise: “He will never let the righteous be shaken.”
Lord, thank You for Your protection. You sustain and hold me up. I am giving You my cares and concerns.