“You Have Seen, O LORD”
“They open their mouths against me; they say, ‘Aha, Aha! Our Eyes have seen it!’ You have seen, O LORD; be not silent! O LORD, be not far from me!” Psalm 35:21-22. One of the great struggles we have in following Jesus as our example and model for our lives is His sinless perfection. We know our weaknesses, and though we are not where we used to be before we obeyed the gospel, we can become discouraged when we see how far we have to go to truly walk as Jesus did. As Jesus’ ancestor and a man after God’s heart, David is an encouraging study while we keep our Savior in view. In this psalm, he is aware that his enemies are watching him closely, just waiting for him to mess up. And, while they gloat and plot against him, returning evil for his good, David sins and falls short of the glory of God—like we all do—and his enemies cry, ‘Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!’ This would be discouraging indeed if this meant David’s final downfall—and this is where many of us see our spiritual situation in the world—but David knows that other eyes are upon him. God sees and will not let His child languish. While the world writes us off, God writes our names in the book of life.