Read: Psalm 138
In 1463, the authorities of the cathedral of Florence, Italy, purchased a huge, sixteen-foot-tall piece of white marble. They commissioned a sculptor from Sienna to carve a figure that would be displayed prominently. The marble was so faulty that the sculptor abandoned the task. Another Florentine artist was commissioned, but he also found the task impossible and gave up. The marble was placed in a warehouse, where it remained for almost forty years before a twenty-six-year-old prodigy was asked if he could make the abandoned marble into anything significant. He said he could. Four years later, the masterpiece statue “David” was unveiled. Michelangelo had transformed the “worthless” marble into something majestic.
The original David, the king of Israel after whom the statue was named, once wrote, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands” (Ps. 138:8). In the same way that Michelangelo had worked on a faulty piece of marble until he completed the task others had abandoned, so the Lord looked at the imperfect David and knew what He wanted to make of him.
David knew it and therefore he could say, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” The assurance that the Lord had a plan and that He was capable of bringing it to fulfillment was the foundation of David’s life. It came from a solid conviction expressed in the words “for You made me.” David reasoned that his Creator had a purpose in creating him – the divine artist had a vision of what he could be – and was not about to give up on him. This was not just wishful thinking, because the Lord had shown his “faithful love” that “endures forever.” This did not mean that David’s life was a bed of roses. On the contrary, David testified that he was “surrounded by troubles.” But his confidence in the Lord’s “unfailing love and faithfulness” (Ps. 138:2) was such that he continued to count on the Lord finishing what He had begun.
In the dark days of life, it is common to feel abandoned, as though one were left in life’s warehouse disregarded, discouraged, and unfinished. At times like this, it is appropriate to cry out like David, “Do not forsake me,” but we must do so with the assurance that David uttered based on his conviction: “You have magnified Your word above all Your name” (Ps. 138:2). As the statue of David silently testifies to Michelangelo’s skill, so the confident, consistent believer speaks loudly of the Lord’s faithfulness.