“Deal with Your servant according to Your loving-kindness and teach me Your statutes” [Psalm 119.124 NASB]
For God to come and act with loving-kindness to His people is for Him to behave in accordance with His revealed word and character.
Why, at this time, did David need God's loving-kindnesses? The conflict had been long and costly, and those who were proud and arrogant had so far passed through it unscathed, and to make matters worse, if possible, the oppressor's who were the manufacturers and manipulator's of evil were strolling around in the midst of the city without a care in the world.
One of our enemy's most powerful, effective and yet silent weapons is the ability to drop into our minds a bad thought with a long fuse attached.
It is possible that he had done this with David, and now his thoughts, as in the incident with Bathsheba, were going in the wrong direction.
This method of attack helps us to understand why, when we are deeply and thoroughly involved in the work of the Lord, all of a sudden, a contrary thought will emerge and before we know it, a picture is being painted and portrayed before our eyes.
For the Christian, this is a common battle and the best way to combat it is to place our eyes on another direction. That is, David focused his eyes on God's coming salvation and he desired more light on the word of God.
David had, as most of us also have, practical and prophetic teachers. However, what David needed at this moment in time was for God to speak to his heart.
David anticipated what was coming and he also appropriated what was present. Incidentally, God had already dealt with the past, which meant that in every possible way, David was protected from every evil influence. [David McArdle]
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