Whoever the enemies David is referring to were, he was feeling their wrath. Because of them he awoke each morning in the midst of trouble. The opposition seemed relentless. Every day seemed like pushing a rope up a hill. The inner man was growing weary. And David does what we’ve come to know the singer-songwriter of Israel to do again and again, he gives thanks in the thick of it.
I give You thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing Your praise;
I bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness,
for You have exalted above all things Your name and Your word.
On the day I called, You answered me; my strength of soul You increased.
(Psalm 138:1-3 ESV)
When you don’t know how you’re gonna deal with what’s going on around you, not a bad idea to pause and reorient your situation in the context of the One who is watching over you. The One who has a purpose of you. The One who, in steadfast love and faithfulness, will not forsake the work He has begun in and through you (v. 8).
David was feeling it. Situation desperate. Overwhelmed. His own resources weren’t resources enough. Tough place to be. But, not necessarily a bad place to be.
For though the LORD is high, He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.
(Psalm 138:6 ESV)
He regards the lowly. That’s what I’m chewing on and savoring this morning.
Though He is beyond the highest height, yet He sees those who find themselves at the bottom of the pile. Though holy, holy, holy, He’s not unaware of the humiliated. Though He is Creator, He takes note of the crestfallen. Though He is ascended, He’s not unaware of those who are ashamed.
Behold our God! He regards the lowly.
I can be brought low by the enemy’s relentless, accusatory attacks. I can be embarrassed by my own foolishness. I can be humbled by circumstances which reveal I’m not as together as I’d like others to think I am, nor as self-sufficient as I wanna believe I am. And it seems to me, in those situations, that’s God’s grace too. ‘Cause when I’m down, often all that’s left is to look up. To turn my face heavenward — only to see His face already turned toward me. Reminded again that He regards the lowly.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15 ESV)
But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. (1Peter 5:5-6)
Yes, our God regards the lowly.
A certainty because of His abundant grace. To Him be everlasting glory.
I give You thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing Your praise