He Delighted in Me
He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he
delighted in me. The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according
to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
What significant words, hidden away in a psalm and brought to the fore
by the Holy Spirit.
It's no wonder that David featured so in the stories and prophesies of
the Bible, that he, like Abraham, was so beloved of God.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations;
and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen
generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are
In the first passage above, David was not boasting about how good he was,
but how good God was.
Throughout the Bible, the righteousness of David is mentioned:
In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he
that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house
of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy
all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house
of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and
of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and
they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son,
and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
Jesus Christ Himself is mentioned time and again as of the house of David
according to the flesh - what man can have more honour than that.
If we read the history of David the shepherd boy and later king of Israel,
we see that God is honoured without fail in all his doings.
For example, when facing the giant Goliath, what did he say?
"The bigger you are the further you'll fall"?
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and
with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the
LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee,
and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host
of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild
beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in
(1 Samuel 17:45-46)
Now David was hardly perfect, he was human just as you and I, in fact he
was a seducer and a murderer by proxy and when confronted by Nathan the
prophet he realised that although he was all powerful in Israel and could
do as he liked, when he came before his God he repented of his actions,
asking for forgiveness of his Creator:
** To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came
unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba **.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto
the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me
throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge
my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee
only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou
mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou
judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive
me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden
part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and
I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to
hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken
may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy
free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners
shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou
God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For
thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest
not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:
a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in
thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt
thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering
and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
He also asked for the life of his unborn child that Bathsheba was carrying
to be spared.
However, the law of the Old Covenant was "An eye for an eye, and a tooth
for a tooth", so God took away David's son in repayment for the death of
Bathsheba's husband, Uriah the Hittite.
Despite his sins and faults, God delighted in David and honoured him beyond
** To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD,
who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the
LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand
of Saul: And he said, **
I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and
my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will
call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved
from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of
ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the
snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and
cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came
before him, even into his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled;
the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was
wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth
devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came
down: and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub,
and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness
his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters
and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was
before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice;
hail stones and coals of fire. Yea, he sent out his arrows, and
scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. Then
the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were
discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered
me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too
strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD
was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered
me, because he delighted in me. The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have
kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his
statutes from me. I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from
mine iniquity. Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
Oh why can't we be like David!
We also are made in God's image and have the potential, like Adam, of walking
and talking with God in the new Jerusalem one day. God shall delight in
us, in being our God and we shall delight in worshipping Him and being
one of His people.
May we learn from David's thoughts and actions so that God may delight
in each one of us.