Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 83)
Star Players: David*
He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My Heart, who will do all My will.'
Acts 13:22 (NASB)
David is one of God's biggest players: a faith-filled teen who brought down a giant; a talented artist who entertained; a brave soldier who was persecuted; a sad outcast who battled depression; a least likely son who became the king; a sinning suitor who had an affair; a sly murderer who covered it up; a grief-stricken father who lost three sons; a prideful ruler who counted his men; a repentant king who begged forgiveness; a merciful judge who forgave others; a man who never stopped loving his Lord.

Consider some attributes of David:

1. When his big brothers were out and about, David's time as a shepherd gave him space to practice music and grow close to God; to perfect his guarding and fighting skills.

2. After Samuel anointed him king, young David remained patient and humble. He refused to push his way to the throne. Instead, he chose to serve Saul faithfully.

3. As David's heroic acts garnered fame, King Saul's devilish paranoia grew. While Saul doggedly sought to kill David, David would not by any means kill Saul.

4. Years later, David was crowned Judah's king, but Israel crowned a different king. Wars followed, separating kin from kin. Still, David planned and prayed for unity.

5. At 30, he became one king for all: a holy king leading up to Jesus. David displayed strength, wisdom and mercy, making Israel a global power.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: What helpful things are learned from David? Maybe musicians have great purpose. Maybe artists can be soldiers, too. Maybe godly men must face hard times. Maybe the Lord heals deep depression. Maybe to be patient for your crown. Maybe hard crimes can be forgiven, even adultery and murder. Surely God's just punishments on earth beat the devil's grim torture in hell. Maybe loving God first wins His Heart.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: What should we learn from the life of King David?

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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