GOD IS FAITHFUL
GOD SPOKE TO A PROPHET BY THE NAME OF SAMUEL AND INSTRUCTED HIM TO GO TO JESSE’S HOUSE AND ANOINT ONE OF HIS SONS TO BE KING. NONE OF DAVID’S SEVEN BROTHERS, OR HIS PARENTS THOUGHT ABOUT INCLUDING DAVID.
1 Samuel 16:12-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with [a]bright eyes, and good-looking. In addition, the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. Therefore, Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
WHY DID GOD CHOOSE DAVID? BECAUSE HE WAS A WORSHIPPER. GOD KNOWS WHERE TO FIND HIS WORSHIPPERS.
John 4:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
NOTICE HOW THE SPIRIT OF GOD COMES UPON THOSE WHO WORSHIP HIM.
GOD HAS ALREADY GIVEN YOU ALL THINGS.
EPHESIANS 1 :3 & ROMANS 8:32. WHEN WE SHOW OUR APPRECIATION AND PRAISE GOD. HIS BLESSINGS WILL FLOW IN ABUNDANCE. RIGHT HERE AT THE BEGINNING OF DAVID’S LIFE WE LEARN THAT DAVID PRAISED GOD FOR HIS LOVE AND MERCY CONTINUALLY. AS A RESULT, GOD PROVED FAITHFUL TO DAVID THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE.
NOT LONG AFTER THIS, DAVID KILLED GOLIATH WITH HIS SLING.
THE LADIES IN ISRAEL WERE DANCING IN THE STREET SINGING, “SAUL HAS SLAIN HIS THOUSANDS, BUT DAVID HAS SLAIN HIS TENS OF THOUSANDS. “ KING SAUL BECAME JEALOUS OF DAVID. SAUL KNEW DAVID WOULD BECOME KING OF ISRAEL. TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING HE DECIDED TO KILL DAVID. KING SAUL THREW A JAVELIN AT DAVID AND DAVID HAD TO FLEE FOR HIS LIFE. DAVID FLED FROM THE AGE OF 17 UNTIL HE WAS 30 YEARS OLD. OVER a PERIOD, APPROXIMATELY 600 MEN JOINED DAVID. MOST OF THESE WERE HARDENED CRIMINALS. DAVID TAUGHT THEM TO BECOME GOD FEARING, HE TAUGHT THEM TO FIGHT WITH THE SWORD AND THE SLING. ALL THESE MEN RAN WITH DAVID AND HID IN CAVES AND THE FOREST, HILLS AND VALLEYS. THEY EVEN RAN TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES.
LETS LOOK AT ONE OF THE MANY SEVERE CHALLENGES DAVID WENT THROUGH WHILE RUNNING FROM KING SAUL.
DAVID AND HIS SIX HUNDRED MEN FLED FROM ISRAEL TO LIVE WITH THE PHILLISTINES. DAVID BECAME FRIENDS WITH ACHISH, THE KING ‘S SON. ACHISH GAVE DAVID A TOWN BY THE NAME OF ZIKLAG TO LIVE IN. ONE-DAY DAVID AND HIS SIX HUNDRED MEN CAME HOME TO FIND THEIR ENTIRE TOWN BURNT TO THE GROUND AND THEIR WIVES AND CHILDREN KIDNAPPED.
One Samuel 30:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
David’s Conflict with the Amalekites
30 Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, 2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. 4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. 6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was [a]grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. However, David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
IN THE MIDST OF DAVID’S TRAGEDY HE PRESSED INTO GOD!
1 Samuel 30:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” In addition, Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 8 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”
In addition, He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
WHAT IS THE EPHOD? THE EPHOD IS A LINEN GARMENT WORN BY THOSE WHO SERVED BEFORE THE LORD AT HIS SANTUARY. IT WAS A CLOSE FITTING, SLEEVELES PULLOVER USUALLY OF HIP LENGTH. THE HIGH PRIEST WORE IT. THE EPHOD WAS A BREASTPLATE, WHICH CONTAINED THE URIM AND THE THUMMIM. THE URIM AND THUMMIM WERE DIVINELY ORDAINED MEANS OF COMMUNICATION WITH GOD. IT WAS PLACED IN THE CUSTODY OF THE HIGH PRIEST.
HOWEVER, CAN YOU IMAGINE DAVID’S POSITION AT THAT TIME?
LET’S THINK ABOUT THIS:
NO1- DAVID HAD BEEN RUNNING FROM KING SAUL FOR THIRTEEN YEARS. THE ISRAELI ARMY HAD BEEN HUNTING DAVID DOWN ALL THIS TIME.
NO 2. BECAUSE KING SAUL WAS DETERMINED TO KILL DAVID, HE HAD TO SPREAD LIES ABOUT DAVID, TO JUSTIFY HIS ACTIONS.
NO3. NOW DAVID’S HOUSE IS BURNT DOWN AND HIS WIVES AND CHILDREN ARE KIDNAPPED.
NO 4 . HIS TRUSTED FOLLOWERS WANTED TO KILL HIM AT THIS TIME .
SATAN COULD SEE THAT KING SAUL’S MISTAKES WERE BRINGING HIM TO THE END OF HIS LIFE , SATAN KNEW DAVID WOULD NOW SOON BECOME KING. SATAN BECAME DESPERATE TO DISCOURAGE DAVID, SO HE WOULD LOSE HEART AND GIVE UP. SATAN KNEW THAT WHILE KING SAUL WAS ON THE THRONE ISRAEL WAS GOING TO DISOBEY GOD. SATAN KNEW WHEN DAVID BECAME KING ALL OF ISREAL WOULD SERVE GOD.
DAVID HAD NO IDEA THAT EVERYTHING IN HIS LIFE WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE. VICTORY WAS AROUND THE CORNER.
IN FACT, ACCORDING TO 1 SAMUEL 29 THROUGH 31 KING SAUL WAS KILLED NO MORE THAN A WEEK AFTER ZIGLAG WAS BURNT DOWN.
1 CHRONICLES 10 :14 (NLT)….SO THE LORD KILLED KING SAUL AND TURNED HIS KINGDOM OVER TO DAVID SON OF JESSE.
DAVID HAD NO IDEA HE WOULD GO FROM BEING A CRIMINAL OUTLAW IN ISRAEL, TO THE THRONE IN LESS THAN 30 DAYS.
IN 2009, APOSTLE ASKED THE LORD, WHY DID YOU TAKE 13 YEARS TO HELP DAVID?
ANS: GOD LOVED SAUL AND GAVE HIM TIME TO REPENT FROM HIS SIN.
DAVID HAD NO IDEA THAT GOD WAS PROTECTING HIM AND TRYING TO HELP SAUL AT THE SAME TIME. AFTER 13 YEARS, SAUL DID REPENT, AND SO FOR DAVID, SSAKE GOD HAD TO JUDGE SAUL.
SOMETIMES IT SEEMS THAT OUR GREATEST TRIALS COME JUST BEFORE OUR GREATEST VICTORIES.
HOW DID DAVID STAY POSITIVE THESE THIRTEEN YEARS? WHAT WAS DAVID’S SECRET? WHAT KEPT A 17- YEAR OLD STABLE BOY CONFIDENT AND POSITIVE FOR THIRTEEN YEARS? WITHOUT ANY SIGN THAT THIS ENDLESS TORTURE, PERSECUTION AND HATRED TOWARDS HIM WOULD EVER END. HOW DID DAVID STAY ENCOURAGED THROUGH THIS EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCE? IF WE UNDERSTAND THIS SECRET, IT WILL HELP US THROUGH OUR STORMS IN LIFE.
Psalm 138:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Though I am surrounded by troubles,
you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.
You reach out your hand,
and the power of your right hand saves me.
New Living Translation (NLT)
WITH MY IMAGINATION, I CAN SEE DAVID KNEELING BEFORE THE LORD ENCOURAGING HIMSELF, ALL THE WHILE AROUND HIM THE TOWN OF ZIGLAG LIES IN ASHES, SMOLDERING WITH SMOKE RISING INTO THE AIR. IN THE MOST DIFFICULT MOMENT OF DAVID’S LIFE HE SAYS THESE WORDS.
Psalm 138:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
Don’t abandon me, for you made me.
Psalm 139:3 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
HERE WE SEE DAVID MAKE A BLOD CONFESSION OF HIS CONFIDENCE IN GOD, TO GUIDE HIM TO THE THRONE HE PROMISED TO GIVE HIM, WHEN HE WAS ONLY SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD. DAVID KNEW GOD WAS A GOD OF MERCY. HE KNEW GOD WAS A GOD OF GRACE AND FAVOR. HE KNEW GOD WOULD BE FAITHFUL TO HIM ALL THE DAYS OF HIS LIFE BECAUSE OF HIS NEVER ENDING LOVE. (PSALM 138:8)
THAT IS WHY DAVID WORSHIPPED GOD CONTINUALLY. IN ADDITION, THE MORE DAVID WORSHIPPED GOD, THE MORE OF GOD’S LOVE, PEACE, PROTECTION, FAVOR AND HELP HE EXPERIENCED IN HIS LIFE.
THAT IS WHY DAVID WAS ABLE TO SAY.
Psalm 23:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW, GOD LOVES YOU. HE WANTS TO HELP YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU DO NOT DESERVE IT, SIMPLE BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU. HE DESIRES TO SHOW YOU MERCY AND GRACE. BECAUSE GOD LOVES YOU SO DESPERATELY HE WILL ALWAYS BE FAITHFUL TO YOU. GOD WILL BRING YOU TO YOUR DESTINY, THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH HE CREATED YOU.
THE HEAVENLY FATHER WILL BRING TO PASS THE DREAMS HE HAS PLACE IN YOUR HEART.
IF YOU WANT TO TAP INTO GOD’S GRACE, MERCY AND FAVOR, BEGIN TO WORSHIP HIM AND PRAISE HIM.
SAY THIS: YOU ARE GOOD AND YOUR MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. YOU ARE MY FAITHFUL FATHER.
GOD IS FAITHFUL. !!!!!
MATTEW 28:20 (NKJ) …AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.
NO MATTER WHAT OUR NEED IS TODAY.
HE IS OUR DELIVERER
HE IS OUR PROVIDER
HE IS OUR HEALER.
HE IS OUR SAVIOR.
SOME GIVE JESUS A HAND OF PRAISE.