Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 18)
Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name...' According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David...
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said... 'Now, O Lord God, the Word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish It forever and do as You have said...'
2 Samuel 7:8-9,17,18,25 (NKJV)*
David's life is a testimony of many things, including God's favor. By God's Hand, David was handsome and talented. By God's plan, David became rich and famous. God promoted the good king beyond every man on earth. It sounds like a Hollywood story, like the dream of millions today--and they'll do most anything to make it happen.
But God's favor is not common. It does not come by common means of advancement. Celebrities seem to have it, but is it from God? If not, the magic carpet will be pulled and the grand illusions will vanish in a puff of smoke.
Because God's favor is based on character--not cunning; on giving--not receiving; on His brilliance--not our own, and in His timing--which can frustrate the best of us.
Receiving God's favor is one reason for me to write and you to read this devotion series. To study David is to consider his attributes--and be encouraged. That being said:
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider three more things:
1) You deserve God's favor. If you're covered by the Blood of Jesus, God sees you in the best possible light: the merits of His sinless Son. You are God's delight and the apple of His Eye.** Yes, be humble, but beware Satan's twist upon it: the one where the accuser makes you believe you don't deserve anything good. That's a lie. So don't believe it. Neither make a public display of false humility: 'I really can't accept that.' You would be word-cursing yourself and denying God's gifts.
2) Receive God's favor: David did. Mary did: 'Then Mary said, 'Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to Your Word' ' (Luke 1:38). The prophet Elisha asked for double favor: 'And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, 'Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?' Elisha said, 'Please let a double portion of your Spirit be upon me' ' (2 Kings 2:9). Not only must you ask, but you must also believe to receive.***
3) 'Hope does not disappoint' (Romans 5:5). David had a lot to endure and a long time to wait, but he never gave up: 'I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living' (Psalm 27:13). 'For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry' (Habakkuk 2:3).
To Be Continued...
* See the full Chapter of 2 Samuel 7 for God's favor toward David and David's response to God: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+samuel+7&version=NKJV
** Psalm 17:8 (but read It all): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2017&version=NKJV
*** Scriptures about asking and receiving from God: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Ask-and-You-Shall-Receive/
*** 'Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need' (Hebrews 4:16).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.