He was old, feeble, hated, and in danger–at a point when many would have given up, but David said, “I will go“. He was saying, “I will not turn back in dread, sit down in despair, or give up in discouragement”. He overcame his fear with faith, his hurts with hope, and his pain with praise. Wounded, weak and weary he still believed God had a work for him to do. And he was determined that his difficulties would no deter him from his duty–thus he says, “I will go“.
His desire was noble, but there is a difference between desire and doing. How would a man so weak expect to keep going when everything seemed to be against him? How do you envision success when conditions are so contrary? He gives us the answer–“in the strength of the Lord GOD“. Not only was that David’s answer it is ours also.Victory is possible because God, who is all-powerful, is our strength. It is strength that has been promised by the God who cannot lie. It is strength that has been paraded throughout history for all to see, assuring us that what He promised He will provide.
Regardless of our circumstances we can have confidence that we are more than conquerors. He gives us strength for the struggle. David knew that and therefore he made his resolve. He knew he could rely on God. So can we! As the prophet said, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.“(Isa. 40:29). Therefore we have no excuse for dereliction of duty and no right to turn back. David’s declaration should give us courage to face any difficulty. His God is our God and He changes not.
Now notice why this was so important to David. He was a man on a mission. That’s why he added, “I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.” Then he ends his song like this–“My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.“(vs. 24). A man like that with a message like this needs to keep going– his mission is too important to be stopped! There was not a selfish bone in his body–he wanted to live so he could make the Living God known to those who were dead in trespasses and sins. Dear friend if that be our reason for living we have good reason to believe that God will answer our prayers. David said, “I will go”, will you? –HDS