David is a most striking example of someone without pretence. He was never afraid to tell God exactly what he was thinking and feeling. Here we find David telling God exactly what he thinks should be done with a “wicked and deceitful” person and it is not pleasant. “May his days be few … may his children be fatherless … may his children be wandering beggars … may a creditor seize all he has … may no one extend kindness to him … may his descendants be cut off … may the iniquity of his fathers be remembered … may their sins always remain before the Lord …” (Psalm 109:6-20). Yet God describes David with these words: “I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to do.” God can handle our temper tantrums, our overwhelming depressions and any other of our emotional states, freely giving us His grace to meet all the circumstances of our lives.

Over the next few weeks I plan to look at Psalm 119. In the past I have found myself rushing through this psalm because it is so long. I thought it would be good for me to take some time over it, so this week I’m going to look at v.1-32