Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon my head (it is soothing medicine, NLT); Do not let my head refuse it.  PS 141:5 NAS 

 

Many years ago, while reading this verse, it reverberated in my spirit and emotions. I seemed to know exactly what it meant without experiencing it. I had the same longing to be corrected and reproved, then wondered why David wrote these words? Could it have been as a result of Nathan rebuking him in 2 Samuel 12:7? (“You are the man”) then David confessed his sin and ended up laying on the ground all night long. (verses 13,16) I can’t prove it, but it sure sounds like these verses are connected. If they are or even if not, why does David consider this smitten experience something he will not refuse, and a soothing medicine, or excellent oil, as some other translations describe? What is it about being rebuked/corrected/reproved that arouses such a response? Is this not something most of us avoid like the plague?!  

One reason this reverberated in me, was as a youngster growing up and into my twenties, I did not have any one (Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Teacher, Mentor, etc) who spoke into my life, and I longed for such input and guidance, even though I avoided it. I could feel the emotional willingness of David to embrace the truth about himself, and I quickly related with him.    The reason we avoid this is because we don’t want to face the truth about ourselves, but David did. What are we so tenaciously holding onto? The few times I have mustered up the courage and vulnerability to invite and embrace such correction, the result has been life changing!  Is that not what we desire and pray for? … to be changed and transformed? … and isn’t it just like our heavenly Father to long for us to have such an experience? 

In this season of repentance let’s open our hearts to Him with no reservations. 

 

Shalom and Blessings!
Tommy Wilson

BYNA Family Gathering Director

 

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