Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 2)
What is man that You are mindful of him?
Psalm 8:4 (NKJV)
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: 'Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?'
2 Samuel 7:18 (NKJV)
You will save the humble people; But Your Eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down.
2 Samuel 22:28 (NKJV)
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:12 (NKJV)
King David didn't just talk about humility. He proved it. As a teen, David was anointed king, but he didn't act like a king. He was content to obey his father, tend his sheep and serve the reigning king, Saul. But Saul grew jealous of David and tried to kill him, repeatedly.
Instead of retaliation, David chose submission. He went into hiding. Mercilessly, Saul pursued him. When an opportunity for revenge presented itself to David, the uncrowned king not only refused it--but humbled himself, 'Saying, 'My lord the king!' And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed down' (1 Samuel 24:8).
David's humility was like a stun gun: 'Saul lifted up his voice and wept. Then he said to David: 'You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil... and now I know indeed that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand' ' (1 Samuel 24:16-20).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: many of you were raised with silver spoons in your mouths. Like princes and princesses, your life has been blessed by comfort. Even more, you have been adopted in the family of Jesus. By Him, you are nobility:
'A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light' (1 Peter 2:9); you are 'Kings and priests to His God and Father' (Revelation 1:6).
Even so, don't act like kings. Be like David. Be like Jesus. Be humble. If you refuse to chase crowns and titles, they will chase you. When they catch you, give them up to God. If you continue to humble yourself, He will continue to exalt you.
'Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you' (Matthew 6:33).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.