Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, June 28th, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 1)
Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him.
1 Samuel 16:18 (NKJV)
Most people think valor means bravery, and it does. To be valiant is to be 'boldly courageous, brave, stout-hearted' (Random House Dictionary). But the heart of the word is the root of the word: 'valere' (Latin), which means 'to be of worth' (Etymology Dictionary).

We serve a God Who gets to the root of every matter, because He is a God of the heart: 'I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after My Own Heart' (Acts 13:22). The Lord judged David worthy: worthy to inspire; worthy to lead; worthy to unite a wavering nation; worthy to precede Jesus.

Actors, models and talent for Christ, you are valiant like David: worthy to inspire, lead and unite a wavering world; worthy to precede the second coming of Jesus. In the Bible's last Book and last Chapter, our Star says: 'Behold, I am coming quickly' (Revelation 22:12).

Therefore, you rise quickly: a publicity team commissioned by God to spread His good news--and shine; a talented troop empowered by Jesus to fight the good fight--and win.

David was a performer, too. He played for the King of Heaven and the king of Israel, as you play for the King of kings and the kings of entertainment. But David always knew where the glory belonged--and he knew Who owned his talents. When all was said and done, David set the stage for Jesus.

Generations later, Jesus set the stage for us--and the play continues. You are His supporting cast. You star in His absence, but He's scheduled to return soon. When He arrives, earth's finale will leave no one untouched.

To consider the character of David is to watch the Bible's greatest entertainer: his highs, his lows and mostly, his overwhelming love for God. To study the drama of David is to polish your own performance.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.

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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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