David’s Formula for Security

Sorrow of King David by James Tissot




A man, by the name of David, who lived long ago, gave us some good advice about how to find security in an insecure world. Perhaps you will remember that he was referred to as a man after God’s own heart, but also he was a man who fought many battles, had a host of enemies, and in a moment of temptation and weakness, sinned grievously against God.

 After he committed adultery with Bathsheba and knew she was bearing his child,  he stooped to murder in an effort to cover his sin. However, his guilt weighed heavily on his conscience and even after his sins were forgiven there were consequences which plagued him the rest of his life.

I think David is credited with writing seventy of the 150 psalms and though many express thanksgiving and praise many are filled with his sorrow for failing God. I’ve chosen to use the first eight verses of Psalm thirty-seven for these devotions.

1. Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against the workers of iniquity.

2. For soon they will be cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb.

3. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and you shall  be fed.

4. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

5. Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

6. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday.

7. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way: because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

8. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any way to do evil.



Father, please use these devotional thoughts to bring security to each of us. Only You know who will read them and the needs of each. You know at this time, I need to trust You for security and Your loving care. Thank You for the security You will give. Amen.


Doris Lisemby


Painting by James Tissot “Sorrow of King David” in Public Domain 



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