As their king, David had an important part to play in keeping God’s people safe. Just like today, Israel was surrounded by hostile enemies, and Jerusalem’s walls required constant guarding. As their leader, David was aware of the threats from those outside his nation.
But as a man after God’s own heart, David was sensitive to another threat to his people. A threat which he knew to be greater than all the enemy armies combined. As he sized up the situation, David gave this “State of the Union” address:
I see violence and conflict in the city. Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city. Everything is falling apart; threats and cheating are rampant in the streets. (Psalm 55:9-11)
David saw it all. The violence and conflict. The walls patrolled against invaders. But he knew the real danger was the wickedness WITHIN the city. Israel could fall to foreign invaders, but over and over in her history, what made Israel trip and fall was her rebellion against the Lord. When they walked faithfully with Him, God guided and protected them. But when they walked away, God disciplined them.
I’m no historian, but I’ve read enough to know many of the great civilizations of the past were toppled not from foreign invasion, but from moral decay within. Yes, a nation can reasonably protect itself. Yes, we should try to stop viral pandemics when we can. But while we do, let’s not neglect the real danger – the decay of our moral fiber.
Christian – which do you pay more attention to – the threats around you? Or the potential danger within? –Dave
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