O. T. #618 "Go Before the Governor/King?"
October 20, 2015
1 Samuel 17-Part 8
"Whose son are you, young man?" David said, "I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem." 1 Samuel 17:58
LET IT GLOW
Last year, we got an invitation to the inauguration of the new governor of our state. It was exciting to get a personal invitation with our name on it (though stamped instead of hand signed), even though we don't know him personally. I think it was only because we had attended a conference for Christians concerned about our nation. Sadly, due to circumstances, we were unable to attend.
David had an invitation to go before his king (and so do we-King Jesus). Shall we see what happens?
The giant was dead. David had accomplished an incredible feat, a remarkable achievement, became a national hero, an overnight celebrity. Yet, he didn't let it go to his head. Here was this young man, not even 20 yet, who never wore an army uniform, never carried a sword, never went into battle, ran onto the battlefield, faced an almost 10 feet tall giant, then killed him with one throw of a sling. Rather incredible, I'd say!
Here are two things which are outstanding about David, as I see them. His bravery to confront the giant in the first place. Next, his faith in his God to bring down the giant. Those are the admirable traits that I see in this young David.
King Saul was watching David's actions as he confronted the giant. He asked Abner, the Israeli army captain, who David's father was. Abner didn't know the answer. Guys, you two have had David come and play the harp in the palace numerous times, and you don't know anything about him? Hm. The king has to inquire about one of his men?
David's king may not have known much about him, but we can be assured, friends, our King, King Jesus knows all about us, His child.
In Isaiah 49:16, God tells us that He has engraved us on the palm of His hands.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made, according to Psalm 139:14.
God knows our thoughts because in Isaiah 55:8, He says that His thoughts are not our thoughts.
He sees what we do, since in the same verse, God says that our ways are not His ways.
I know God loves us forever; Jeremiah 31:3 tells us that He has loved us with an everlasting love.
He chose us to be His child before He created anything, as Ephesians 1:4 says.
Thank You, heavenly Father!!
In the last verse of this chapter, Saul asks David whose son he was. David admitted that he was just a son of a Bethlehemite. (It was a small town, yet important enough to be the birthplace of a king in the future-King Jesus, who would be King of the Jews and King of us.)
Dear one, do you know King Jesus, the Savior? He invites you to come into His kingdom to be His prince or princess. If you will accept the invitation, and ask Him, Jesus will become your Savior and reign in you heart as King, forever. There is nothing better!
LET IT GROW
Whew! The battle was over. The giant Goliath was dead and some of the Philistine army was killed. Now all the guys can go back home. Before they are disburse, there is one thing I noticed-Israel and Judah were united in their faith. Verse 52 informs us that they were.
Together they were victorious over the Philistines and had been saved from what looked like certain destruction. (Falwell)
The God of Israel had given them victory and unity.
I like leaving on a happy note, don't you? So we will leave it there-peace in the kingdom of Saul, for the time being.
LET IT GO
Thank You, Jesus, that You invited me to be a child of the King, accepted me and adopted me as Yours.
Go before my King in prayer.
Seek unity and peace with others.
*We're off in the blue skies today for a week visit with our daughter in the east. I would appreciate you prayers for our safety traveling. I am working hard to get all the posts ready ahead of time, but if it is lacking, you'll understand, I'm sure. Goin' to spoil those grandbabies.