Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:7a)
What made David run? What makes the child run and shout with glee on a summer morning? What brings the lover to the door where his beloved dwells? David was a God-intoxicated man. He had gazed on God until he was enraptured and that rapture he could not always contain. While still a young man, in the presence of the holy Ark he let himself go in an ecstatic dance that delighted God as much as it outraged the coldhearted Michal.
For many years I had loved the Psalms of David before I knew why. I had returned to them again and again, almost I might say more than to any other portion of Scripture, and I chided myself for this preference for after all I was a New Testament believer and the Psalms belonged to the Old. Then one day I read a sentence from a little book by Horatius Bonar. It said simply, "The Spirit of Jesus dwells in the Psalms." Then I knew and was satisfied.
David in the Spirit knew and communed with the One who was to be his son according to the flesh, "and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead" (Romans 1:4). It was the love of Christ that made David run. "O love of Jesus! Blessed love!"
Lord, I have a hard time being still and waiting for You. I seem to be activity prone and impatient. May I sit still, shut up and wait on You.
David waited patiently for the LORD. He delighted in the LORD and committed his way to Him. This was David's power source. It can be ours as well!
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