David may very well had rulers persecuting him without cause. Who are the rulers of your life that persecute you? Rulers can be so subtle, such as difficulty on the phone getting what you want…to a policeman stopping you unjustly for the way you drive. Rulers can be lack of money, lack of position at work, or the desire to be somebody in this crowded world. All of these can take hold of your mind and heart, so that God’s ability to impact and lead your life is crowded out. Psalm 94:19 says, “When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought joy to my soul.” (NIV)
If Christ is to be Lord of your life, He must be able to captivate your life. The Capital One commercial asks, “What’s in your wallet?” Christ asks, “What’s in your heart?” In Psalm 40:8, David declares what is in his heart, “I desire to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart." (NIV) In the turmoil of great persecution, David said his heart trembles at God’s Word. The fear of death, defeat, or loss did not direct David’s steps, but instead the very Word of God! Great pressure and anxiety should not drive you away from Jesus, but rather into the hands of Jesus.
When troubles, pressures, or persecution confronted David, you saw a man who already knew God. God was not a stranger. David knew God’s character, love, and grace. What controlled David was not the situation at hand, but the God he had come to know intimately in his daily walk. Psalm 5:3 declares, “In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.” (NIV) Don’t allow your challenges to become your rulers, but allow challenges to loose the God you know. Live deeply and passionately each day in an intimate relationship with Jesus, so that your heart trembles in the presence of the God you love and obey.
Psalm 119:32 “I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free.” (NIV)