King David is a fanatic! He seems to think that life is all about God, God, God. That’s all he talks about! Just maybe that is why God himself calls David, despite his many flaws, a man after his own heart. David knew that God himself was the very source of life itself, the ground of all existence and being. This is no trivial insight. Paul says to the Greek philosophers in Acts 17 , that he gives all life, breath and everything else. He says in Colossians 1 that by Jesus all things were created, and in him all things hold together.
So if this is the case, why do we in effect seek life in anything other than God? Why do we turn limited, worldly things into ultimate things as if in them is the meaning and ground of our existence and fulfillment? God has declared everything he created good, and in fact very good (six plus one times in Genesis 1 alone). Yet we turn good, that is everything in its proper context, into ultimate, that is trying to make these things do what they were never intended or created to do.
That’s the beauty of God’s revelations to us (in his word, in creation and in Christ): they teach us the relative but real value of all things. So we can find true joy and fulfillment and purpose in things and people, and we can enjoy everything in all its relative but not ultimate value to us. That is why we give thanks because it all comes from him. That is why we rejoice in him because it is all a gift from him and he delights in our joy. Let us simply not pervert all these good things by distorting their meaning and relationship to us, and do it by what David does in these Psalms. His focus is continually on God’s power, his character and love for him. He always trusts the Lord regardless of the circumstances. This is the recipe for true contentment in life.