Pondering Psalms 141:5
“Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it.”
My take: David would know after the prophet Nathan so adroitly confronted David regarding his grievous iniquity with Bathsheba and her honorable husband. There is a lot to learn how Nathan handled that with a relevant story. Jesus often used stories or parables to drive home points. The bottom line is David owned up to his sin. Many people are too prideful and arrogant to do such. David sets an example here on how to respond and God used Nathan to appropriately rebuke David.
Nathan came to David. David listened and responded. It sure is easy and natural to avoid having Nathan’s around but is it wise and healthy?
If we are mature, we should intentionally surround ourselves with the likes of Nathans, good godly men and women.
In the passage we read the 1st qualification is to be ‘righteous’. Righteous. (of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable; virtuous. “he is a good, righteous man, I am sure” synonyms: good, virtuous, upright, upstanding, and decent. And though it is ‘strike’ it is indeed kindness. A rebuke is like oil for a dry skin and hair we read. Of course no one other than God is totally righteous but is the person’s intent good? Are they someone God might be using?
David does some smart self talk and says, ‘let my head not refuse it’. Like how a dirty boy might want to refuse taking a bath when he desperately needs it. Rather let’s do the tough things and we will no doubt be rewarded in the long run.
My prayer: Oh LORD, there is nothing hidden from You. Let me not try to fool You and in turn be a bigger fool. Help me to be honest with myself and be open to sincere and righteous critique and correction. I know my flesh and pride recoil at this. Aid me!