“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” ( Psalm 139:23-24).
If there is a daring character that had a lot of gumption few fit King David. Once he saw Goliath the Philistine giant who had thrown terror among the Israelites without missing a beat he had nothing but pour utter scorn. “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God” (1 Sam 17:26), he screamed at him. When his eldest brother Eliab tried to slow him down he just shrugged, “Can’t I even speak?” (vv 29). Then he went on to fight the giant with but a sling.
Sometime later when the ark of God was brought to the City, and quite over joyed he freely danced in his priestly garments. But his wife Micah, the daughter of King Saul, was not amused and decided to rebuke him. Then David without missing a beat retorted back, “I was dancing before the Lord who chose me above your father and all his family” ( 2 Sam 6:21).
King David was what they call an open book!
Indeed, when it was brought to his attention by Prophet Nathan that he had committed a great sin of having an innocent man Uriah the Hittite murdered so as to take his wife, there was no playing fool. Humbled, “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Sam 22:13).
Contrite, later David would pour out his heart in a moving Psalm 51: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love, according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. My sacrifice O God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, you O God will not despise …”
King David who at first might pass off as rather cocky was just one sincere person, never one to put up pretenses. It is one reason why his stature grew in the eyes of God. Perhaps we might pick a lesson that being a Christian means not a life of pretenses but living in sincerity with man and God!
Prayer for today: Lord God father of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that in all my affairs I am ever sincere with you, just as King David was, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!