”..let him do to me what he considers right.” (2 Samuel 15:26b)
David was on the run from his own son who had caused an uproar wanting to seize the royal powers from him. When he fled with all those in his household he also had with him the ark of the covenant. David wanted to live close to the Lord. However, he saw how impractical it was to drag with him the large ark while being on the run, and he decided to send it back to the city he had just departed. “If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling-place again. But if he says, 'I am not pleased with you,' then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.” It’s here that David lays his life fully in God’s hands. He submits to a lifestyle that answers, ”As You will, Lord” (Whatever Lord!) in all circumstances that meet him.
It is a wonderful mindset in which to live. I can picture a little walnut shell, floating along on the water, twirling, bobbing in the water’s dramatic swells. One moment the shell of the nut dips deep in the wave’s valley, and the next it rides the breaking crest. That’s how I’d like to picture my life; sealed in God’s hand as in a nut shell. There I can sense peace and tranquility whether being borne in the valleys or carried to highest heights.
Lord, You who ponder the large perspective, who sees the enormity of all, let me live my life carried and sealed in your balming hand. Do with me today that which you deem good. I only pray that You seal and protect me in your hand, whether it be a day in the heights or the deep.