1Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
2And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
(Psalm 143:1-2, King James Version)
In Thy Faithfulness
In his distress, David cried out to the Lord, "In Thy faithfulness answer me, and in Thy righteousness." It is important to note that David was not resting in his own power, but rather in the power of God Almighty. The help we receive when in dire straits is totally dependent upon the one or ones in whom we trust. If they are trustworthy or faithful to us, we will receive help, but if they are not trustworthy, we soon find that our desire for help has been sadly misplaced.
Of course, David quickly adds, "And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified." That really is the point, is it not? We may seem ever so good and ever so righteous, but as soon as we compare ourselves to God, there is no good thing left in us! For, in the sight of God, and compared to His righteousness, holiness, goodness, and truth, all are found to be hopelessly lost.
In our day of accentuating the achievements of excellence, no one even thinks, or dares to compare oneself with God. In a certain sense, we have even redefined God so that He is more accessible or more approachable to us. We have a tendency to ease back on His justice and judgments and focus more on His wondrous love. In truth, His love is wondrous, but it is even more wondrous when balanced with His righteousness, holiness, and justice.
The truly amazing thing is that God, in His righteousness, holiness, and truth, provided a way for a sinful people to come to Him. By sending His perfect Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to become our sacrificial Lamb, He has opened a way for us to Him. Through the Lord Jesus Christ we now have access to God! When He looks upon His children, He does not see their sin, but sees the blood of Christ which has covered that very sin.
Does that give us a freedom to sin? No! The true child of God responds in the opposite way. Understanding the depth of love manifested to them by the Lord Jesus Christ, they are filled with a love for Him that exceeds any love they can have for one another. Their desire is to love, honor, and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. Studying His Word carries a new depth of meaning as the Holy Spirit guides them into the knowledge of God.
Do you think David understood all of this when he wrote the words to Psalm 143? David was an amazing man of God. Schooled as a shepherd boy who loved God with an unspeakable love, his heart was truly given to God, his First Love, at an early age. Though he was certainly not a man without sin, yet even to the end of his days, he continued to seek the Lord with a repentant heart when his sins were revealed to him.
Like David, let us set our hearts and affections upon God and say, "In Thy faithfulness and in Thy righteousness, oh Lord, do I put my trust!"
God Bless You,