Comfortable: David was comfortable enough with God to come to God with his needs, to question God when things weren’t happening like he expected or wanted, and to express his true feelings.
“Hear a just cause, O LORD, Attend my cry; Give ear to my prayer …” (Ps. 17:1)
“Why do you stand so far off, O LORD ? Why do You hide in times of trouble?” (Ps. 10:1)
“I will love You, O LORD, my strength …” (Ps. 18:1)
Contrite: David was a sinner, but he was truly repentant of his sins.
“For I acknowledge my transgressions/, And my sin is always before me./ Against You, You only, I have sinned …” (Ps. 51:3-4)
Confident: Despite his questions about God’s presence, David was confident that God was in control and would take care of him. How do I know this? It isn’t because at the end of his psalms he praises God, or because of the multiple times he says he trusts God. No, it is because he can sleep.
“I will both lie down in peace and sleep; For you alone O LORD make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)
“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” (Psalm 3:5)
We may say we trust God. We may praise Him and call Him Almighty. But the proof is in the pudding. If we can go to bed at night and sleep peacefully, then we truly do trust Him to take care of us.
Yes, I would love to be more like David, to be more comfortable with God, to be truly contrite and repentant of my sins, and to be confident He will take care of me.
Actually, on further reflection for that to happen, I need to reverse the order. If I am truly confident in God’s trustworthiness, and truly contrite and repentant of my sins, then I will feel very comfortable coming to the Almighty God and honestly placing my fears and feelings, my questions and concerns before Him.