King David, the author of the book of Psalms, was one of the most prosperous kings in the history of Israel. Along with his great success came a life time of trials and tribulations. Much of the book of Psalms is David pleading with the Lord to help him and deliver him from evil. Like David, many of us are quick to turn to the Lord when we are experiencing our own struggles. After studying the life of David, my major takeaway is that he immediately turns to the Lord with thanks when his trials turn into triumph. Here are a few examples:
Psalm 18:46 NRSV
"The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation, the God who gave me vengeance and subdued people's under me; who delivered me from my enemies; indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries; you delivered me from the violent."
Psalm 30:11 NRSV
"You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever."
Not only does he rely on the Lord in times of trial, he also immediately turns to him for thanksgiving in victory. History has proven time and time again that humans have a tendency to turn to the Lord when we are in trouble yet we forget about him once we have been delivered. My prayer is that I will learn from King David and rely on the Lord in times of trials and in victory.