Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies—
make your way straight before me. Psalm 5:8
Before David went into a mini-rant regarding his enemies, he continues to distinguish himself from that pack.
He knows what they’re capable of because he knows what he’s capable of. He know how they think and behave because it’s how he’s thought and behaved. He knows their ways because he’s live their ways before.
But he also sees hope. He knows how to “straighten out.” He knows that seeking God and doing His will will set him on the straight path.
He sees the problem, but his solution is infinitely better than the task.
Even though we don’t have a crown or a kingdom to rule, we’re very much like King David. We know what we’re capable of, how the wicked think and behave, and what our life once was.
We also know how to, as the Scriptures say, “come close to God and He will come close to you” (James 4:8).
The fact that we are not seeking God every single minute of every single day is a testament to our sinful nature and as the hymn writer Robert Robinson wrote:
Prone to wander,
Lord I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.