We can say we will do a lot of things, but actually doing them is a different story. David says he will do a lot of things in this psalm. Do you think he did every one of them all day, every day for the rest of his life? No. Because I guarantee you he forgot he even wrote these words at some point in his life. And maybe he went back and read them and said, “Hey, I didn’t keep doing a few of those things very well.” And maybe he felt super guilty about it and tried a little more, and then like most normal people, he forgot again because other things took precedence, not necessarily because they were more important, but most likely because they were just present. They were in David’s “here and now.” He had battles to fight and caves to keep tidy. He was a busy guy just like a lot of us are. The difference between our slack and David’s, however, is Jesus. David didn’t have Jesus to ease his guilt. David didn’t have Jesus to forgive his sins. David didn’t have Jesus. We do.
Sum it up:
I will sing of your love and justice, Lord,
And praise You with songs
And try to live a life that pleases You.
Writing prompt: you will
Write a psalm similar to David’s today.