David knew that sometimes he was persecuted for righteousness sake. He understood that following God could be hard. People are going to be against you. Enemies are going to try to stop you, especially the ultimate enemy, the devil. But David also knew he was capable himself of doing foolish things. He knew he had and would continue to do wrong. His cry was that he might not cause disgrace to the body of believers. “You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you. Lord, the Lord Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me. For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face. I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children; for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.” Psalm 69:5-9
Yes, we face enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil. Sometimes we may believe that our trouble comes from satan alone. It doesn’t. Our flesh is a very real enemy as well. It cries out and then we may make foolish decisions just like David was saying. The world wars against us too. Look around. People we see every day at work, even sometimes people in our own families may be going one direction while we are going in the exact opposite. Following God is not popular. It can make us feel like we don’t belong in this world. News flash: we don’t! As believers, we are seated with Christ in the heavens. That’s our real home. For today we can rest in knowing that Jesus is preparing that place for us. So, whatever struggle we’re going through today, it shall pass.
Lord, I want to join David in praying that I will not bring disgrace on Your name or Your people. Help me to stand strong when facing the world, the flesh and the devil.