David’s Example

Joy Petroelje

READ : Psalm 25

Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. (v. 18)

The model for how we are to pray is not just present in the gospels. David, Jesus’ ancestor 28 generations before him, shared communion with God in a way we should seek to emulate. The Old Testament book of Psalms is full of David’s praises and petitions.

David fully acknowledges that God knows all, yet he does not hesitate to share both his deepest fears and his greatest joys with the one to whom he prays. In the darkest moments, when David feels overcome by sin and his enemies, he implores God to remember his mercy and love, “for they have been from of old” (v. 6). Upon being delivered from his troubles, David praises God. “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure” (Ps. 40:2).

So what about us? Do we praise God only in the good times? Do we seek his face only in the bad times? Or do we, a fallen but forgiven people, include God in our lives every day and make prayer a priority, just as David did? We are wise if we do.

Let us never hesitate to bare our souls to God in prayer, accept his grace and forgiveness, and shout his praises. Let us follow David’s example and claim the words of Psalm 34:1: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”


May we, like David, seek your heart, O God.