“In you, LORD my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.” Psalm 25:1-2
It’s a Psalm of David. That’s important because we can know he meant just what he said. David wasn’t making small-talk prayer with God, he spent a huge chunk of his life in danger, with stout and face-to-face enemies. Not just Goliath, but later his own beloved king-turned-crook, Saul. Not just king Saul, but the king’s men and the army of Israel. Not just his own people’s army, but their enemies, too, the Philistines and other marauding tribes and later his own family/children. The saying is, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” but when that doesn’t turn out true, like with David, it means truly living on the edge. And, oftentimes, David chose to be in this position, in a manner of speaking.
He didn’t directly ask for enemies, or for so much ruckus to live through, but he did run completely after God and God’s leading with healthy disregard for the danger. I won’t encourage you to be purposely foolhardy or naive today, but if we intend to call God LORD and claim to invest our trust in God, truly, we might find ourselves praying along with David here. Throwing away heart-freezing caution. And we might find ourselves teetering like never before over the possibility of shame and defeat, with enemies-a-plenty.
On Survivor last night one girl (Kat) told the host, Jeff, that she wasn’t used to failure; she never failed at anything. Jeff couldn’t believe it and provoked her to take that further, and she admitted that, really, she just never puts herself in situations where she could fail. That sentiment keeps popping up around/inside me lately, and Psalm 25 tackles it. When we flee from even the possibility of failure, we are withholding our trust. Particularly from the LORD our God. That’s no way of life. Jesus came so that we could LIVE. So, following him, do we know that teetering over possible failure is something we can more-than-survive?