ONE of the things I loved most about King David was his attitude. Now of course, some of the Psalms are filled with his frustrations over the prowess of his enemies or the blessings he watched them receive. But for the most part, David always ended his Psalms (prayers) with gratitude and faith in God.

            GRATITUDE was a key ingredient to David’s attitude. He was always thanking God for who He was in his life and what He had done for him. One scripture comes to mind concerning his attitude of gratitude and it is found in Psalm 115:1, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness."This brought so much favor from God on David's life. If you were God you'd bless him too.

            FAITH in God was another of David's strength of character. He was certain that God would help, guide, save and deliver him. Throughout his writing in the book of Psalms are his statements of absolute confidence in God who not only created him but was with him daily. One of the verses that bears this out is found in Psalm 71:5, "For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth."

            THERE was something else about David that was very impressive - his attitude about himself. This one is a little more difficult for me. I totally get the gratitude thing because I believe I am very grateful to God for all His blessings. And I also have confidence in the Lord in regards to my past, present and future. But this other thing about David is more of who I need to be and less like who I am now. This is what David wrote about himself in Psalm 108:1, "My heart is steadfast, O God..."Just think what this statement says about who David believed himself to be, his self- perspective if you will. He believed he was steadfast and so I would think that was who he actually became, a steadfast man. His healthy self esteem added with his gratitude to God and faith in Him was a dynamic combination.

            A poor self image is not what any of us wants, especially for those of us who know Jesus Christ as our Savior. Seeing ourselves the way God sees us would radically change our lives. He believes in us far more than we believe in Him. But getting this through our pea-pickin' brains is a hard task.

            THERE are two devastating foes that attack our self image and personal confidence. They are identified in Revelation 12:10 as the Devil,  "For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down." And the second enemy is ourselves, as we see in I John 3:21-22, "Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him."One of the reasons we lack confidence in God is because we know too well that we do not always obey God's commands and we do not always please Him.

            DAVID was no different than us when it came to faithful obedience and bringing glory to God. He sinned as well. But he spoke differently about himself than many of us do, myself included. He called himself a steadfast man. Which, by the way, meant ready, fixed and established. David was ready to follow God, fixed in his desires to serve Him wholeheartedly and established as a believer in God. Seeing himself this way led him to fulfill his self proclamation.

            WHAT are you proclaiming about yourself? Often I hear people, good people, Christians, say, "I'm not very good at reading the Bible"; "I don't pray enough"; "I need to be a better Christian"; and one of the worst, "I'm not a very good Christian". 

            IF an athlete always saw himself as a loser, how often do you think that person would actually win? If a person was a singer but thought they were always off-key, what would you expect to hear from their voice? If a person thought they were dumb, just how good would their grades be? 

            WE would all be better and do better if we had confidence in ourselves. Gratitude and faith are important, but so is saying we are going to do great things through God. We have to have Great Expectations for 2018 in God, but we must also see ourselves as winners through Him, kind of like David.