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David is one of those characters that I can relate to well. He reminds me of me. David is a strong willed guy who can be pretty self-sufficient. On numerous occasions, David took control of his summit hike. It did not bode so well for him, but he learned a ton of character a long the way.

David was the youngest in his family. He was not so admired by his siblings. This part of the story sounds similar to Joseph’s story. David spent his days as a shepherd in the field, as well as a song writer. He was often excluded from family discussions, or anything that was going on with family business.

One day Samuel comes to visit David’s father, Jesse. I picture the scene playing out similar to that of Cinderella. Samuel is looking to anoint someone to be the next king. He asks Jesse for all of his sons to join him in the house. Like the wicked step-mom, Jesse presents his finest sons. Samuel asks if he has any others, Jesse says, “oh yea there’s my youngest David.”

In my mind the next scene goes something like this: David walks into the house, probably singing a song out loud that he made up. He dances his way into the kitchen where everyone is standing. I can picture David popping a date in his mouth from off the counter top while playing his air harp. His voice fades as he realizes that he walked in on something. Samuel presents David with the glass slipper that fits perfectly and anoints him to be the next king.

Wait what!? If I were David, I would be like, “what just happened?” It’s not like he was then ushered off to the palace and given a ring and robe. Nope. David returned to the field for shepherding and song writing. So how does the dream of being king even happen?

Cue David’s road of wonder.

After some time, maybe even when the dream of king had almost been lost, the tides change. David is sent with a picnic for his warrior brothers. It is on the battlefield that David is presented with an opportunity that makes him one step closer to his summit. David takes on a huge obstacle named Goliath and brings victory to the nation. With this win, David is then ushered to the palace where he is given fame and the one of the kings daughters to marry.

This is the first glimpse we get to David’s dream of being king. Before David ever stepped foot in the palace, God did some character work on him in the fields. God cultivated the character trait of faith in a bigger God. God taught David how to not rely on his own strength. This is a big character lesson for self-sufficient people. It was in the “simple” sheep fields that he learned to care about responsibility, protect the innocent, rise above his fear, and grow in intimacy with his God.

After Goliath, it might have seemed like David “arrived.” He was in the palace, and now son-in-law to the king. Break out the champagne! Sound the alarm for the party, King David had made it to the palace!

But was he king?

David might have been in the palace, but he was far from being king. After a triumphant entry into his new life, he then spent his days playing his harp for the king. David went through more time of waiting for his dream. He could see his dream, but he was playing the harp. Maybe God let David know that even though he was in the palace, he was not too good to play his harp and serve the king. God cultivated his character.

David went through a seasons of taking the reigns of his path, but God cultivated his character every step of the way. At the time David was given the throne, he was ready. Just because he was given the dream years before the actual throne did not mean he was ready for the dream.

How do you take control of your path?

How is God cultivating your character?

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Waiting is a huge theme in the bible. Every Great had to go through many seasons of waiting.

I wonder what waiting was like 2000 years ago. They had no electronics to take up space to time. They waited for crops to grow, and hard working hand cultivated family life.

Our culture does not wait. We move so fast. Our addiction to instant gratification leaves no room for waiting, breathing, thinking, or developing.

We have lost the value of developing.

I’ve been stuck on song remixed by Jesus Culture called Oh Lord You’re Beautiful. It is a song rich in simplicity and tenderness. I have been stuck on the bridge of the song that says,

“I want to take your word and shine it all it around.

First help me just to live it Lord.

And when I’m doing well,

help me never to seek a crown

for my reward is giving glory to you.”

I read these words and see sober richness. Our lives take development. We can’t do anything a part from this process.

Look at just the human body. We hold our heads up, crawl, and than walk. We grow in height, weight, and body mass (not a fan of that part..) Then our moods kick in, puberty hits and all hell breaks loose on development.

This process is no different when it comes to our character and dreams. God has wired us all with gifts and talents. He has something uniquely designed for our lives. It takes development. We first need His help to live out and understand the basics of who He is before what’s next.

When David was anointed to be King, He was not ushered immediately from the pasture to the throne. God took David through many years of development before He was ever ready to be King.

Joseph was a man of unjust hardship, but God never lost sight of using every circumstance to develop him. There is a reason why Joseph was given the same types of tasks no matter where he was. When the time came for Joseph to be Prime Minister, he was ready.

God even spent 30 years developing His own son, Jesus before any ministry or miracles ever happened. “Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man.

We need to learn how to live it first before we can do anything else. Waiting is a process and season of development – one too valuable to speed through or miss. Don’t rush your development. He surely will wait on us to go through it.

Wait well.

Slow down.

Develop.

Learn to live it out.

What’s being developed in you?

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Sometimes I feel like I have mood swings when it comes to my prayer life. Prayer is one of those things that resembles something like the wind. At times, my prayers can be like that of a hurricane where I can’t seem to get enough out; my pen can’t keep up with the breath of my heart. These are times where words flow like a raging river that has no end point.

Then there are those times where I can’t seem to  buy a word. Prayer looks like staring out of window in silence. There are times where my heart has no thought, and no breath; the screen remains blank with the cursers captivating blink.

It is in the times where I have nothing that I am so thankful for the psalms. In the midst of my hearts lack of description, I like to tap into the words of David’s heart. I love getting lost in the intimacy of his words to a very known God in his life.

Our unedited thoughts with God is the most real form of worship we can get. 

David always brought his many and few to God. He knew everything mattered to God. I am constantly blown away by how unedited David was with God. He held no word, or emotion, back from his God.

David was all in even when he “wasn’t there” yet.

I have been stuck in Psalm 63 . I am captivated by the future tense of how David brings his prayer. In this Psalm, David consistently uses the phrase, “I will.” This tells me that David might not have been in the place he was talking to God about.

For example, David states:

4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

The phrase “I will” speaks to a place David will choose to believe in. “I will” tells me that David was not quite there yet. That is so refreshing to me.

I feel this future tense very much in me. I am not in a place where praising him, trusting him, and hoping are coming easily. BUT the point is that in the midst of this place, I want to remember that choosing God is what matters. Choosing Him is worship.

I am going to speculate and say that I don’t think David was in a heart place where praising, trusting, and depending on God were coming easily as well. By saying, “I will” kept David obedient and present with God. David chose God in the midst of when choosing him might’ve been hard.

No matter the state of my heart, whether overflowing or desertish, I want to say “I will” to choosing God. Worship is just that, choosing faith when you don’t see, belief when you’re waiting, or just being honest – enabling intimacy

What kind of conversations are you having with him these days?

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When I think about what healthy relationships look like, I always think about David and Jonathan. These two guys are often in the spotlight for how well they loved each other, as well as, how they modeled friendship. When I read about their friendship, I see some serious fruit. Relationships have weeds that can threaten its growth, but it also has great fruit.

One characteristic about their friendship that I am constantly drawn to is their selflessness in regards to one another. Let me give a little back story on how they cultivated this friendship. At the time when David and Jonathan began their Bro-mance, Jonathan’s father, Saul was residing as king. David had been anointed by Samuel to be the next king due to Saul’s disobedience to the Lord. Naturally, Jonathan should have been in line for the throne. It was no secret to Jonathan that David was the one to take the throne.

Jonathan did not fight for the throne. He never tried to force himself on the throne or over turn what God had set in place. Jonathan loved and supported David as the one who would be taking over his birth right.
I don’t know about you, but my natural response would not have been love and respect. I would have gone down swinging. Dang weed!

Even if Jonathan felt jealous or envious of the throne, he did not respond that way. He celebrated his friend and brother. When David was moving more and more into the lime light as a great leader and warrior, Jonathan never responded in bitterness. He loved his friend and celebrated his victories. He also celebrated David as people praised him and cheered for his growing fame. I wonder if Jonathan wanted a taste of that lime light?

At the time when David and Saul’s relationship grew more volatile, Jonathan stuck by his friend. Jonathan was a man of integrity. David trusted him with his life and the intimacy of his friendship. They modeled an honest relationship that I’m sure came with much forgiveness.

A great relationship allows/enables each person to be their total self. A healthy relationship allows the other person to rest in acceptance and unconditional love. Good relationships allows for grace and forgiveness. As a result of grace and forgiveness, a sense of safety takes root. This is when the sound of exhale starts to be heard within the relationships.

So how did David and Jonathan have a healthy friendship?

In my speculation, I think they both understood God’s love and forgiveness for themselves. David had such an intimate relationship with God. I know that had to have made a difference in their friendship. The characteristics of their great friendship are the characteristics that make up the character of God. God is loving, forgiving, grace filled, and patient. He is slow to anger and abounding in love. God is the God of integrity. He is trustworthy. He celebrates his children and never settles for anything less than the best.

I have to believe that our understanding of who God is can set the tone of our weed filled or fruit filled relationships. How we know who God is directly affects our relationships. All good things come from above.

This is my desire for all my relationships.

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Have you ever needed a reminder of something good? Sometimes I can get caught up in the everyday-ness of my life’s routine. Honestly, I don’t like routines. I know they are beneficial, but I am not one who likes sameness. If I find myself coasting along in the routine of everyday life, I know that translates into my relationship with God as well. When the coasting starts I need a reminder.

Psalm 103 is a great bookmark of reminders for me. David states right out of the gate, “praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” How refreshing is that! A whole Psalm dedicated as a reminder of who God is. The list is amazing. I encourage you to spend some time in there, but here are some of the goodness that are his benefits.

  • Forgives all of our sins
  • Heals all of our diseases
  • Redeems your life from the pit
  • Crowns you with love and compassion
  • Satisfies your desires with good things
  • Renews your strength
  • Works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed
  • Makes his ways known
  • God is compassionate and gracious
  • He is slow to anger
  • Abounding in love
  • Does not treat us as our sins deserve
  • Removes our transgressions as far as the East is from the West
  • From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him

Such a refreshing reminder of his faithfulness and love. God is steadfast in keeping his promises to us. He is loving and kind. He forgives and removes my sin. God is strengthening.

David wrote this Psalm as if speaking to his own soul. I want to pray the same prayer to mine.

Remember, my soul, the benefits of the God you are living your life after. Life is more than coasting.

Do you need a reminder?

Where is your heart in this list?

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I have been thinking about the qualities of Paul. Paul is brilliant man when it comes to knowledge of the scriptures. He experienced great success in his life. Paul also experienced a miraculous encounter with God. This encounter changed the course of his life forever. Paul’s conversation with God didn’t just change his career path, but it changed a driven man from the path of destruction to a path of grace. Paul was a man who knew grace intimately.

I read a glimpse of this understanding of grace in Acts. In this chapter, Paul is describing the evidence of Jesus as savior by talking about his lineage. At the point in the lineage where David is introduced, Paul refers back to God’s description of David, “a man after God’s own heart, who will do all my will.

If you remember David’s story, it includes adultery and murder. Yet David is known to be a man after God’s own heart, who did God’s will.

Author Mike Bickle comments about this description in Acts this way, “what about all the failures and set backs (of David)? They were edited out by the grace of God.”

Paul understood the promise made to David, “my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.” Paul was a man who knew the weight of being a sinner. He also knew the weight of a faithful and grace filled God. Both David and Paul were transformed by the wonder’s of God’s heart.

I am understanding more and more how faithful and gracious our God is. I so crave being transformed by the wonder’s of God’s heart.

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I have been reading in 1 King’s lately. Solomon has a really interesting story. He is the son of King David. Solomon experienced royal sybling rivalry concerning the throne. At David’s announcement, Solomon would be king. I can’t even imagine what taking over a throne would be like. I can’t imagine the pressure I would feel to lead. Even if Solomon did not have the gift of leadership, now was his time to dig down deep and find some. Not only would I be intimidated for the responsibility of the throne, but trying to follow in the footsteps of one described as “a man after God’s own heart.”

The Lord then drops in on Solomon’s dream life and asks him a very weighty question, “ask for whatever you want me to give you.” whoa! that is a huge question. This is no genie in a bottle, this is God. I have been thinking a lot about how I would answer that question. What is it that I want God to give me?

There are so many ways this could be answered: good health, long life, popularity, wealth, good favor/fortune, success, no worries, no enemies, safe family lives….etc. After thinking about all those things I have realized no matter what it comes back to loving God first. With all of those things above, God has to be in the midst of them. I don’t think life would be fulfilling in any of those things if God were not in them.

One could say that Solomon only asked for wisdom because of the enormity of his postition, but I think he knew that living life was just as enormous of a task. I have been praying more for wisdom and understanding to know God as well as knowing what it really means to follow after him. It has been really interesting to see how God has revealed himself in that prayer.

How would you answer that question?

What is your motivation behind the answer?

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