Why am I pacing the floor, wringing my hands over these outrageous people? Psalm 43:2b (TM)
John Trent and Gary Smalley wrote a book called "The Two Sides of Love" in which they explain personality types in word pictures using animals. It’s a great book, especially for families. The book helps you understand that, no matter what personality type you are, there are strengths and weaknesses to your particular bent. In fact, the thing that is your strength can also be your weakness. The ying and yang. The flip-side, as it were.
According to the test in the book I’m a "Golden Retriever". That’s my dominant personality type. Like "man’s best friend" I’m highly relational, love to please, fiercely loyal and hold stubbornly to what I believe is right. Those are strong qualities. But because of those strengths, I’m also highly prone to relational stress and pain. It drives me crazy.
As I read the Psalms, I see a lot of those same qualities coming out in David’s lyrics. I think he had a lot of "retriever" in him. You hear his heart, his loyalty, his stubborn faith in God no matter what the circumstances. You also hear relational conflict and stress tearing at his heart.
And what do you do about your weaknesses? I think David’s psalm offers good advice. You pick up the compass and lantern and keep walking. You keep learning. You keep seeking after God to help you maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. You learn from your mistakes, but you stay to the path and keep walking.