Nope, sorry, this isn’t a tell-all about Princess Diana’s son and his honey, the upcoming wedding, or plans to keep Prince Charles off the throne.  This information is much smaller, less likely to show up in the tabloids – and much more important.  King David tried to have it both ways.

And if you clicked here trying to find out some dirt on David and Bathsheba, shame on you.  We all know that David was unfaithful (to God) with Bathsheba, and then tried several ways to cover up his sin, ending up with killing her husband Uriah to keep it secret.  No news there.  Gaudy and tabloid-friendly, but not the focus of today’s writing.

This is from a different time in David’s life, when he was in love with God instead of himself.  Lots of church-going people have heard and even memorized the verse from Psalm 119:11, in the King James version:

Thy word have I hid in my heart,
that I might not sin against Thee.

King David knew that keeping the words of God close to him, available and dear, are a great way to stay walking on the path.  Pretty much agreement from everyone there.  One different application for us as opposed to King David is that we have a lot more of God’s words to choose from, including the New Testament and lots of the Old Testament.  That includes David’s words, though he probably didn’t suspect that his prayers and songs would become part of Holy Scripture.

But those same words show a different side of King D.  Let’s see the first part of Psalm 40:10, from the NASB:

I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;

Well, that little so-and-so!  He tells us that he did hide God’s word in his heart, and now he reverses himself.  And it’s not subtle, either.  One place he says “Yes, I did”, and another place he says “No, I didn’t”.  What gives?

Since you ask, it’s context that gives the whole answer.  Here’s all of Psalm 40:10:

I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.

Aaaah.  Now that works.  God has given David something great and wonderful, and David is in turn sharing it with his people.  That makes sense.  The words that David hid in his heart were personal, a love letter from God.  David wants to hold those close and never let them (or Him) go.  The righteousness David had in his heart was a gift to share with his people, a world-changing memo from headquarters.  David did share that memo, share that joy, and he was a great leader because of it.  Not perfect, mind you, any more than you or I are perfect.  But he had a heart for God, the same heart that we can have when we put our trust in God through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and be baptized for the remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit, and continue to walk with God.

And you do that intentionally, creating time for prayer and meditation on God’s word, church attendance (not for the attendance pin, but for growth), and also doing both the things King David did: keep God’s word in your heart, and share it with everyone you know.  Those two things are not mutually exclusive.

They are mutually beneficial.

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