David yielded to God’s devising ways in him to help the banished not remain estranged from the Lord. In his crown jewel psalm, David exhaled the breath of life to others. First, David worshiped God in the presence of others (Psalm 145:1-3). Second, David exhaled God’s Word to others by writing the inspired Word. Third, David exhaled to others God’s just, merciful, and gracious work in him by working out, or living out, his redemption and restoration (Psalm 145:4-21).
God’s breath of life in David catapulted him from shepherding sheep to shepherding His people as their king: “He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, or Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them” (Psalm 78:70-72).
Exhale the breath of life to others. Yield to God’s devising ways in you to help the banished not remain estranged from Him. Worship God by confessing your sin and communicating His identity to those you encounter. Humbly and wisely exhale the Word of God that you inhale in the morning. Workout God’s work in you by living out your redemption and restoration as you serve others through your career, family, and friendships.
When we inhale the breath of life from God and exhale the breath of life to others through our worship, Word, and our working out, those we serve will begin to inhale and exhale that Divine breath as God devises ways for life. We must remember that we were once banished, and God devised a just, merciful, and gracious way for us to turn and not remain estranged from Him. Then we must yield to God devising ways in us to draw the disenfranchised to Him. People will be pulled toward God, rather than pushed away from him, when we surrender to God breathing His Spirit through us.
This week, read Psalm 145 each day and ask God to use you to pull others toward Him through worship, the Word, and working out His redemption and restoration in you.