5Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.
6When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.
7Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.
(Psalm 141:5-7, King James Version)
Our view on life is really all a matter of our perspective, which, as believers, is shaped by God Himself through the wisdom of His Word. Such is the case in David's words from Psalm 141. "Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head."
As believers, we understand the wisdom of his words, but we also know that they are very hard to apply to everyday life. After all, we all like to be liked, do we not? None of us enjoy hearing words of criticism or reproof. Yet, truthfully, it is a greater kindness, as believers, to graciously receive the reproof of our dear friends and family rather than to take offense.
How much more difficult is it when words of reproof come from the wicked themselves? Yet, the true believer, knows their true heart before the Lord. If the critical words are true, how much more important it is that we humble ourselves before God and seek His face, as well as His forgiveness.
This Psalm by David was probably written during the years that Saul was king of Israel. It is a gentle reminder to us of David's grace and Godliness, as he waited patiently for the salvation of the Lord. It is also a great testimony of the turning away from sin of the wicked due to the Godly testimony of God's people. Let us not grow weary, though it may seem that none hear our voice, knowing that God uses us in many ways, most of which we will never be aware until we reach the gates of heaven.
It is true that David often grew quite discouraged, even to the point of seeming to see his bones scattered at the mouth of the grave. Yet, such times were often followed by great peace and joy as David contemplated the good hand of God upon him. For years Saul sought David's life, yet in God's perfect timing, David did become the king of Israel, and what a mighty kingdom he had!
Let us then, lift up our hearts to our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, knowing that, though the way may seem dark and drear, yet He is constantly by our side aiding and equipping us. Truly, it is all a matter of having a Godly perspective no matter what life may seem to throw our way.
This reminds me of that dear, old hymn: "God Leads Us Along," by George A. Young
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,