The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
This is a verse of thanksgiving and praise, in a chapter of song from David, for God’s providence. David had many enemies but the Lord had sent out his arrows and scattered them; his life had been in danger but the Lord drew [him] out of many waters. Life had become extremely difficult and had plunged David into a well of despair.
“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears” (vs4,5).
The Lord had responded to David’s cry and became his rescue and his support. He no longer had to hide in caves, for the Lord stood with him in the open places. David had confidence in his relationship with God because he kept the ways of the LORD and did not depart from Him. The rules and statutes that he was taught were always at the forefront of his mind, and even in fear he stayed true. He lived each day according to the Lord’s righteousness and he kept his heart and hands pure before God.
Oh, to have David’s confidence, to be so sure of our walk with God. The thought of being rewarded according to our own righteousness is certainly frightening, for I am sure that there aren’t many who can say like David, ‘I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.’ The wonderful thing is, that through His eyes of mercy, God sees each one who loves him as righteous.
Each day we set His ways before us, and by his Spirit we walk with confidence. Each night we offer up our song of thanksgiving and praise for all that God has provided.