David seems to be at his best when he is at his lowest. His son, Absalom, carefully designed a conspiracy to take over the kingdom and it was looking as though he might just do it. David and those loyal to him had to flee Jerusalem in order to avoid being done overthrown and killed. They were between a rock and a hard place, to put it mildly. David was running for his life.
If we were to put ourselves in David’s sandals, what would be our response? At the least, we would likely complain, find ways to maintain power, and get back at Absalom. I am humbled by David’s unflagging trust in God. Like Job centuries before him, David is willing to receive anything from the hand of God whether it is good or evil: “let him do to me what seems good to him.”
Yet, at the same time, David was in touch with his emotions as he left the city and ascended the Mount of Olives. He wept and lamented over the situation he and all those with him had to experience. A thousand years later, Jesus took the same trek out of the city in great sorrow because of people who conspired against him. Christ faced the agony of the cross through the machinations of sinful humanity who did not want him as Lord over their lives.
Our confidence must rest in the God who knows what he is doing. We must rely on our prayers to the Lord as we navigate the difficulties of this life. Humility goes a long way toward letting the will of God rule the day.
O Lord, please turn the plans and the counsel of evil persons into foolishness. Do not let the sinfulness of people have its way and run roughshod over my life. I trust in you to bend a bad situation toward your own good purpose through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.