The Face in the Mirror

“I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak; I have become like one who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. For I said, ‘Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.’” Psalm 38:13-16

David was writing this psalm. He was the shepherd boy chosen by God to become the King of Israel. He tackled a giant with his faith and a few small stones. He led an army of misfits who found victory after victory. He is proclaimed to have a heart after God. The Messiah would be called the Son of David.

That is quite the resume. Nothing I have ever done or can conceive of doing comes anything close to those achievements and standing in God’s Kingdom.

But this man of faith, this one of greatness, talked about his feet slipping. Do you see that? He knew he would mess up. He didn’t look at his achievements; he looked at his face in the mirror and knew the truth. The only greatness about him was what came from the grace of God. The reason He had a heart after God is because the Lord put it there.

David knew he would mess up. He also knew exactly where to go when he did.

God, thank You, that when I mess up I know exactly where I can come. Please give me a heart to follow after You.


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