We put our favorite song on repeat and watch our favorite films over and over. We retell our own stories too. People like repetition. The recap after the game. The retelling of a story. The restatement of love. The reaffirmation of affection. A child wanting you to keep up the fun. Whatever you just did made their world and they want more. “Do it again!” They say it in such a way that there is no way out of. You can’t say no to that. An expectation of trust so deep. The promise is in their heart and the hope of it in their eyes. There is no way this isn’t happening.
David’s prayers to the Lord as a shepherd boy were full of expectation. Each day he watched over the sheep and the Lord helped him be strong and wise able to fight off lions and bears. He trusted that God would do it again each day, every night, again and again. When he faced the giant on the front lines battle. He still had that do-it-again attitude with God. He knew his strength came from God and he remembered each time he rescued sheep from the jaws of predators and each time he took them down. David boldly proclaimed that he would fight and God would protect him and help him.
1 Samuel 17: 37
The Lord who rescued me
from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear
will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
God rescued him again and again. David saw God’s power and might through out his life. God anointed him, gave him songs, led him, made him King of Judah and then he made him King over Israel also. Blessings over and over.
SHEPHERD • MUSICIAN • MESSENGER • WARRIOR • KING • DESIGNER • LOVER • FATHER
David journeys from a young boy to a man. His responsibilities grew. Temptations arose. His duties became heavier. His battles became more complicated. Wars in the land and wars within, both with masked enemies and surprising betrayal. Faced with an internal war, fighting against the giant of his will for the attitude of heart. When his attitude would plummet he had to fight to climb out of sadness. You don’t outgrow childlike faith. When the attitude of expectation turns to doubtful desperation, it’s time to think again. Step back and think about it. Reset the gauges in your inner clock. Retell yourself the stories. If God will rescue you in bloody battle He will rescue you from sadness and refresh your spirit. He rescues the whole you: body, soul, mind, and strength.
You don’t have to look in a mirror to know the sparkle in your eyes is fading. When the heart is closed off nothing really works. For David, in this state nothing was cheering him up. He says in his own words, “my soul refused to be sorry.” To let out that sigh of a turn of heart that would comfort him. Trust faded into doubt. Even his memories were tainted with doubt. That bold voice of confidence replaced by groans filled with defeat. Bold declarations of victory and rescue turned to blame. The grateful hopeful attitude of the heart now walled in with insecurities.
He used to retell of God’s might and power he now he retells his troubles over and over. Each struggle, every hard night, and all the days of trouble; he told the stories in detail. He sang them and he cried them but it just made things worse. He was retelling the wrong stories. David needed to recalibrate his core and at some point he recognized it. He knew that inside he was stuck. I think he heard it in his own complaints because he stopped. He stopped and thought about it. His complaints weren’t lining up with his past. He was questioning God’s love and promises. Did you forget me? Are you mad at me? Was it something I did? Did you set me up to trick me? Deeper and deeper they spiraled pulling him down. After a while he crossed the line. I must be out of my mind to think that. He was whining so loud he woke himself up. He stopped to think. I sense word regret. I shouldn’t have said that. I need to think differently.
Psalm 77: 7-12
7“Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
8Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
9Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
Meditate on all the good things God has done. Tell of what He has done and what He can and will do. Sing it, cry it out, share it, write it, paint it. When your words are filled with the retelling of the might and strength of the Lord your voice will come back bolder. You will think differently, sighing out repentance and have comfort. Your attitude will burst with confidence. Your story becomes richer. Your story deeper. Layer by layer. Just like Davids story.
The Lord rescued him from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear
The Lord rescued him from the hand of this Philistine
The Lord rescued him from a jealous king
The Lord rescued him from assassination
The Lord rescued him from sadness
The Lord rescued him from his mistakes
He did it before and He will do it again. Talk about it. It will cheer you up when nothing else will. Stop talking about your trouble and talk about the victories. A war story of rescue and triumph over the enemy. Tearing down fears. Casting off anxieties. Taking down giants that tower over the promise. And each new enemy face with confidence, proclaiming that God will rescue you. As you stand on the battle line face to face with the enemy, fix your eyes on Jesus and say, “Do it again.”