“When your enemies see you in action, they slink off like scolded dogs.” Psalm 66:3
David had a history of bad behavior and frequently in the Psalms wrote about his shame for his actions. As God is a loving God, not just a judge, David felt forgiven and showed it by praising him with songs and prayers of praise and could once again hold his head up high in God’ presence. And, he warned other people of God’s wrath, which could make them “slink off like scolded dogs.”
By choice, I do not have a pet–mostly because I am too selfish with my time, money, and space. But I do like animals, especially dogs. Last summer I spent two weeks as the caregiver to my daughter’s large dogs. Dan and Susan are loving pet owners, and the dogs are well trained and obedient, easy to care for.
On a few occasions, I scolded Teva and Chaco for lounging on the coach and for finding them in off-limit areas. They understood by the tone of my voice they were in trouble, and would drop their heads and slink over to their beds. But it was the look in their eyes that showed remorse and made me feel bad for reprimanding them. However, when I offered them a “You are forgiven” cookie, their eyes changed as if to say, “I love you.”
God, we lift our heads and hearts and look to you for forgiveness for our sins. Amen.