I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me. (ESV Ps 57:2)
When David was running from Saul he hid in caves and small towns, and ran around mountains. At times he was barely a step ahead of being caught. It was a dangerous time for David. And yet, David prays to the Lord out of his confidence that God will fulfill His purpose for him. David knew God had a purpose for him as he had been anointed to be the future king when he was still a boy by the prophet Samuel. It was the most unlikeliest event as Samuel was led by the Lord to David’s family and passed over all of David’s seven older brothers, some of whom looked that part of a future king. David wasn’t even among his brothers when Samuel looked over them. Confused, Samuel asked David’s father if he had any more sons and the sent for David who was watching the sheep. When David appeared, God told Samuel that he was the one to anoint. What a powerful memory! What an impression this must have left on David. David’s confidence in God is such that we find him singing songs of praise in the midst of his hiding in caves.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth! (Ps 57:5 & 11)
God’s purpose for David purpose seemed pretty clear, with such an anointing. But what about our purpose? We too have an anointing of God. Our baptism! We will one day stand with Christ as he looks victoriously over his and our enemies. We will one day enter the presence of God with robes of righteousness around us. We will one day be presented as a bride to the King of kings. This is a glorious purpose! And it should give us too the ability to sing praises to God in the midst of struggle right now. We know that nothing can separate us from the love of God; nothing can thwart God’s purpose for us. For those called by God (anointed with a purpose) God is causing all things – even the worst things – to work out for our good. God’s purpose will not be thwarted.
What else do you know about God’s purpose for you?
Chronological Reading Plan plus Psalms: Num 7, Ps 57