How was David able to trust God?
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
When David wrote these words, he was experiencing the first peace he had enjoyed in a long time. King Saul had spent years pursuing and threatening him. He’d tried to kill him. He’d stolen every ounce of security and comfort that David had ever enjoyed. But Saul and his threatenings didn’t have the final say. Finally, David had been delivered and he was free to live life without fear.
It’s important to note that David did not deliver himself. God delivered him. And it’s not as though David didn’t have the ability to. David was given the opportunity to kill Saul and free himself to different times. But he didn’t do it either time. Why? Because Saul was the king and David had too much respect for him and for the fact that God had chosen him to take his life. Instead, David relied on God to do what only God can do: work things out. But how was David able to trust God? His trust in God was rooted in his understanding of God. Since he knew that God was unchanging – a rock – he trusted that God would preserve him in the future as he had in the past. Since he experienced God’s protection in the past, he trusted that he would protect the future. And since David had been delivered by God from wild animals and from Goliath, he trusted that God would deliver again – this time from Saul. In other words, the way we view God helps us develop a healthy relationship with him.