Why God Dealt Generously With David

The story is told of one who, passing through a village in Basutoland, noticed some chickens with little red ribbons fastened to their backs between their wings. The people explained: “They protect the chickens from the many vicious hawks that otherwise would attack them. Th … More

Righteousness

David had experienced some stormy years, yet God rescued him and upheld His dedicated servant. He had obeyed God’s Word and accomplished God’s will, so God rewarded him. We find the reason God saved David was that “He delighted in him” (v. 19). By faith he had kept his righteousness (integrity) (vv. 20,24). Some might accuse David of arrogance and proud self-righteousness when he says, “The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness.” But we must remember that ultimate righteousness comes from trusting God which David had done.

What was the secret of David’s upright living? David tells over and over why God dealt so generously with him. The key was his study of the Scriptures. “I did not put away His statues from me” (v. 22). It has been said that righteous living begins with knowledge of what is righteous and backsliding begins with a dusty Bible. David gives a principle, an example of that principle and a promise to those who live by it (vv. 25-28). The principle is “with the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful.” This means that God exalts the humble but humiliates the proud (I Peter 5:5). As an example of those He will bring down are those with “High looks” (v. 27). The promise for those who are merciful is “For thou wilt light my candle” (v. 28). The dealings of the Lord are always just. He metes out to men every man according to his measure. God measures the area of a man’s land by the same rod with which that man measures the area of others’ land. David has full assurance that since he has lived uprightly, God will be his light in his darkest hour. All of us who have been clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ have the same promise.

Application

Would I be able to testify with David that “The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness?” Am I depending on the righteousness of Christ to save me or am I trying to get to heaven by being good? Isaiah 64:6 says, “our righteousness are as filthy rags.”

Psalms 18:19-29 (English Standard Version)

He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me. The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his rules were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me. I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt. So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous. For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down. For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.

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