Tag Archive | King David

Psalm 46:1 ” God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

God is your helper.  He is not indifferent to your plight.  He is not just siting there watching you go through tough times, detached and uncaring about what’s happening.  It tells us in Psalm 18 that when David cried out to God for help, He reached down from on high and rescued him.  That’s called divine intervention by a ever-present, ever-loving God.  Whatever you’re going through today, know that the Lord is actively involved and is keenly aware of every detail.  Cry out to Him and He will respond.

Isaiah 11:1 ” A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”

Researching genealogy and our ancestry has become a popular pastime…and it’s fun to find out where we came from.  Likewise, we can start to trace Jesus Christ’s lineage from this verse.  Here Isaiah spoke of the coming Messiah as the branch or shoot spouting up from the stump or roots of Jesse, King David’s father.  Matthew 1:1-14 then gives us the complete genealogy of Jesus…all 42 generations.  This family tree is spoke about again in Revelation 5:5,  “See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.”  But Jesus also  transcends all genealogy, all ancestry as we know it…for He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end…all man, but all God.

 

I Samuel 16:13 ” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.”

God had sent the Prophet Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s seven sons as King.  As six strapping young men paraded past Samuel…each time he thought to himself, “This has to be the one!”  But God reminded Samuel in verse 7, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  It wasn’t until the youngest son, David, was called from the pasture,  that God declared, “He is the one.”  This should give all of us encouragement…especially those who have said to themselves, “I have nothing to offer God.”  The Lord doesn’t consider outward appearances.  He looks only at what He can do through us if we’re a willing worker.

I Samuel 25:25 ” May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name, his name is Fool, and folly goes with him.”

David and his men were holed up in the Desert of Maon where a wealthy landowner with thousands of sheep and goats pastured his livestock…his name of Nabal.  He was married to a beautiful and intelligent woman named Abigail.  David and his men had protected Nabal’s shepherds and sheep…so when shearing started, his men had come with greetings, looking for favor…but instead, found insults being hurled at them by Nabal.  When David got wind of this, he gathered his men to launch an assault on the household.  Meanwhile, Abigail had been told of her husband’s faux pas and quickly intervened by packing up a large quantity of provisions,  and setting off to intercept David.  When their paths crossed, Abigail was able to very eloquently and diplomatically change David’s mind…and so halting the annihilation of her entire household.

Psalm 145:13 ” Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations.”

David had seen earthly kingdoms rise and fall in his lifetime.  But this  Psalm of praise he wrote exalted God for His limitless Kingdom…continuing from the ancient past into the infinite future.  David was  celebrating God’s sovereignty…His reign over all things…and the eternal scope of His rule.  And we also praise You, God,  today for Your faithfulness… for kingdoms will rise and fall…but Your Heavenly Kingdom is without end.      Amen.

I Chronicles 11:10 These were the Chiefs of David’s mighty men – they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised…”

All of Israel came together to support King David…just as we are to advocate for our local Pastor and Church Leadership.  Being a Pastor isn’t just about running a business…it’s interacting with the congregation…a delicate balance of  administration, counsel, compassion, and grit.  Be that mighty warrior for your Pastor…pray for him daily, encourage him often, speak well of him in public.  Pray also for the Leadership at your Church…instilling confidence and hope whenever you can into their lives, for most are volunteering their time, energy, and commitment for the Lord.

II Samuel 1:26 ” I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother, you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.”

In your life time,  you’ll only be able to count on one hand the same kind of friendship that David and Jonathan had.  Their relationship was extraordinary, amazing and unique…and much closer than being biological brothers.  When you have such an intimate friendship with someone, it doesn’t matter the space of time or distance, the friendship still endures . If you haven’t connected recently with this friend…don’t you think it would be a wonderful time to do so?