I have avoided such violent ways by the command from your lips.
I’m not trying to get my way in the world’s way.
I’m trying to get your way, your Word’s way.
-Psalm 17:4 (CEB, MSG)
Every day, we are thrown into the rat race and if we win, we're still a rat. Every day the world and other people in the world push against us. Sometimes, when we are bumped or cut off, we hear, "excuse me", from the other person; but more often, we don't hear that. Will we push back, lash out, and be destructive; or turn the other cheek?
When we are presented with a challenge, a challenging situation; are we going to do what it takes to get our way or are we going to try to let God get his way? Are we going to respond to difficulties, trials, or obstacles in the world's way or Gods way?
The world's way is "survival of the fittest" and "the ends justifies the means". There is a false self-righteousness that believes that you are right and the other is wrong, so you must defeat the lesser other, by any means.
You might not ever be that way, but you might defend yourself and try to vindicate yourself and justify yourself. Oswald Chambers wrote, in My Utmost For His Highest, November 23rd:
Another thing that distracts us is our passion for vindication. St. Augustine prayed, “O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself.” Such a need for constant vindication destroys our soul’s faith in God. Don’t say, “I must explain myself,” or, “I must get people to understand.” Our Lord never explained anything— He left the misunderstandings or misconceptions of others to correct themselves.
We avoid the world's ways of being destructive, being terminators, or being rats racing; by feeding on, listening to, and walking in the words of God.
What if the answer to every problem, every obstacle, every setback was God's word? What if all the keys are in God's word? What if God has a specific promise for each one of us that addresses each of our specific problems, issues, or challenges?
When we run into, or run up against our problem; God has already provided provision for it in Christ. All the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20). We need more of Christ in our lives, to face the issue in our lives.
Even though David was a warrior and he knew how to kill people, he could say to God that he had avoided violent ways by the command from God's lips. David was not a destroyer. David would not hurt Saul, even though Saul was trying kill him. David instead, prayed for God to protect him and work out his promises.
Can we wait on God, wait with God; getting a deeper walk, a deeper revelation of God; while God works out our salvation? Can we make our life about God getting his way while we get more Christ likeness worked into us by God?