Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. - Psalm 69:6
Meditation: Do others depend upon you? Do they look to you for leadership, example and a pattern? I dare say that most everyone has influence. With influence comes power and with power comes responsibility. What is that responsibility? It is simply this…to show them light.
Sadly, we fail often in this responsibility. King David knew much about leadership and failure. The Scriptures record not only his failures but also many of his expressions of regret cries for mercy and intercession to God. In Psalm 69, the king cried out to God to save him from death and to save those of influenced by him by His divine will.
I believe we can all relate to this cry for merciful deliverance. When we examine ourselves deeply, we recognize that we are often the problem. It reminds me of the words of cartoonist, Walt Kelly, who said through his character Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Indeed we are often our own worst enemy. Our sins and transgressions are obstacles to service and the glorification of God. They are obstructive to our joy, peace and efforts of righteousness.
This universal problem of mankind only highlights our need for Salvation and a Savior who is above this problem. It emphasizes the need for Jesus Christ. Thank God that ultimately He saves despite us. Our part is to confess and point to God being real concerning our failings. As said John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Call to Action: Read all of Psalm 69. What do you have in common with this ancient King of Israel? Is it more than you realized? Think on these things. Ask God to help others to see past you to the Lord.