16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is a good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said We will not walk therein.
Jeremiah 6 v 16
The Bible quotes King David as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13 v 14). We know he wasn’t a perfect man but he was quick to accept his shortfalls and repent of his sins. So what made God refer to him in such a manner? What can we learn from the life of Israel’s great king that can help us in our walk with Jesus Christ?
I began studying the life of King David November last year however I never really got around to internalising what I learnt. As I sought the face of God last week, I felt led to post this write-up this week. I now know why the Holy Spirit wanted me to write and post this Bible studies this week as he has elevated my initial understanding of what I read in the beginning and has brought some real-life situations in the mix. 2019 like every other year will have its challenges and triumphs thus I hope by looking at King David’s life, we will be encouraged and equipped to face whatever the year has in store for us. My aim is to draw out some of the key points that stood out to me while reading his life story.
When man forgets and despises you, God will always remember and honour you. 1 Samuel 16 v 11-12; 1 Samuel 17 v 28-30
- We see that David was the least in his family and was looked down on by them. When the favour of God finally located the family in the form of the prophet Samuel visiting to select the next king of Israel, he was completely forgotten by His father and siblings. It did not occur to any of them to go out to the fields and invite him to come and partake in that special occasion. The irony is that he was the reason for the prophet Samuel visiting the family in the first place! How often does the prophet of the Most High God come to visit a family? It was very rare but David was excluded from this because he was out in the fields tending the family sheep. The Lord knowing whose season it was for a blessing ensured that David was called home to partake and receive the blessings due him. I am encouraged by this because even when man forgets us God never does! We should always look to God no matter where we are in this journey called life because in due time God will establish and glorify Himself in our lives. When the time God has set to bless you has come, no one can stop His favour from locating you. The below scripture in Isaiah 49 v 14 – 15 articulates this perfectly:
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
- In 1 Samuel 17 v 28-30, we learn that even when his elder brother treated him with disdain in public, David reacted in humility and did not retaliate. He did not focus on the negativity that was being thrown at him but turned his attention to another who would treat him with respect.
Be a warrior and have no fear. 1 Samuel 17 v 34-36; 1 Samuel 17 v 48
David did not shrink back at the face of challenges. When the lion and the bear came to attack his lamb he went after them to retrieve what was taken. We need to be bold and fearless when it comes to our lives and destinies in Christ. We are admonished by Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5 v 8 that we should “Be sober, be vigilant; because of your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
We must ensure the enemy of our souls understand that we are not doormats in the spirit because Christ has given us “power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.” (Luke 10 v 19).
David was vigilant and knew his God-given authority and power. He understood that because He was of God nothing would by any means hurt him. I find this aspect of David’s character very encouraging and I hope to keep this at the forefront of my mind at all times. In this dispensation, even though our warfare is not carnal but spiritual, we still need to possess the same mindset as David and protect the things God has given us through prayer.
Believe and trust in God completely. 1 Samuel 17 v 38-40; 45 – 47
Instead of going with man-made artillery and armour, David decided to go face Goliath in the name of the Lord. We are made to understand in 2 Chronicles 20 v 15 that the battle is not ours, but God’s. With this in mind, we shouldn’t look at the resources available to us when we are facing trials and tribulations. Putting our hope and confidence in our strengths, intellect and abilities when we face difficulties will cause us to be defeated. Even looking at the size of the situation we face can cause us to lose hope and throw in the towel! Let’s read the below encouraging excerpt from 1 Samuel 17 v 45-47 and verse 50 – 51 for our perusal:
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord‘s, and he will give you into our hands.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him, but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
One may ask why did he go after the lion and bear with his physical strength but with Goliath choose to fight him in the name of the Lord and a few stones? Surely he could have rebuked the lion and bear and they would have fled! I believe David was a man who was led by the Holy Spirit and as such was not just picking his battles but ensured he had the backing of God at each stage (more on this in subsequent studies). If David had not confronted the lion and the bear, he would not have been able to face Goliath with confidence. In addition, God is not limited in the way he moves but all that is required of us is to know His voice so that when He speaks, we know and obey his voice. David in actual fact did use the natural resources available to him (the sling and stones) but he allowed the Spirit of God to determine what he used as a weapon and not what someone else was offering. In obeying the Spirit of God, the power of God was manifested in his obedience. How is it possible that one little stone can knock down a giant and kill him if the power of God was not behind it? This teaches us not to underestimate the power of God and what he has placed in our hands or mouth. As long as its God who has called us or has instructed us to do something, He will see to it that we are not put to shame when we obey Him.
Often times we follow the formulas of others without discerning whether it is what God would have us do. In life, we look at the examples of our peers and copy them not realising that if their lives are not bearing fruit, if we choose to take their advice or imitate them, we would also end up yielding the same result as them. David realised that upon all the armour and artillery of King Saul and the army of Israel, what they lacked was confidence in the God of Isreal and the boldness to go silence the enemy in His name. David’s past experiences with God made him approach the battle with Goliath from a position of victory and not of defeat.
David had faith and confidence in God and was certain that His God would definitely give him the victory. He prophecied into his situation and the Lord caused the words of His mouth to come to pass. I hope like David we will begin to face all challenges in the name of the God of Israel and be attentive to his promptings. It will certainly not be easy when we are in the middle of the battlefield but may the boldness of God that comes with His Holy Spirit energise us not to fear or give up. With Elohim on our side, we are more than conquers.
*All scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Bible