The I–Thou Relationship

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 138-143

David had a very personal relationship with God. In Psalm 138 this is especially noticeable with the constant use of I, me, my and even more thou, thee, thy. This is biblical religion. It is also expressed in Psalm 139 where the psalmist is conscious that he lives his life in the presence of God.

In Romans 3:10-18, Paul draws most of his witness to the depravity of man from Psalm 140. In Psalm 141 David is conscious of his own temptation to sin and prays for God’s help in this struggle.

Both Psalm 57 and Psalm 142 are noted as being written as a result of David’s experience of hiding away from Saul in a cave. His emotions fluctuate as ours often do, for in the former psalm he speaks with exaltation while here he cries out of the midst of a spirit of depression. But again he ends with the assurance that his God will not abandon him.

Again in Psalm 143, at the beginning he is weighed down by his troubles, but toward the end he focuses on the need to be taught God’s will so that he may do it. How thankful we can be that we can know God’s will through a Bible which climaxes in the perfect revelation of that will in God’s Son, Christ. May our relationship with God be very personal as we are conscious of His presence, commune with Him and pray to Him to avoid sin and do His will.


Father, You are our God, we are Your people, we listen to You in Scripture and answer in prayer. Amen.