“Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries. For false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
David had many enemies who sought to take his life including King Saul, who pursued him for many years. Even his own brothers were against him when he was a young boy (1 Samuel 17:28) and tried to stop him walking into his destiny (1 Samuel 16:11). He was maligned and side-lined, and attacked on every side. Even after he became king, he suffered betrayal at the hands of his son, who turned many of his friends against him. David knew what it was like to have enemies! He learned all about slander, gossip and character assassination the hard way, when even his right hand men walked out on him, but he triumphed over it all.
This week’s message is from the Father’s heart, and is about overcoming the forces that come against us to deplete, depress and distress. David could have fallen apart with the pressures that stood against him, and “lost heart”, but he rose up from his difficulties stronger than ever. We too can do what he did but let us learn from him.
1)DAVID BELIEVED IN THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD. We serve a God who is always good and He has good plans for His kids (Jeremiah 29:11). If we truly believed this, we would never hesitate to ask God for anything, or to have faith for His favorable answers. Too many people believe that some sickness, financial loss or other challenge is from God, and that God is teaching them “something” through some loss or infirmity. No earthly father would cause his child pain or put them through some trauma to teach them something. That would be abuse! How much more loving and tender is our Big Daddy towards His kids. John 10:10 tells us that it is the ‘thief’ who comes to steal, kill and destroy, whereas Jesus came to give us an abundant life. When Jesus came to destroy the hold of sin, death and sickness by the power of His shed blood, why would the Father put it back on His kids?! David knew His God and he had seen His goodness through the years. Many of the psalms he wrote say “The Lord is good and His love endures forever” (Psalm 100:5, Psalm 118:1, Psalm136:1). I believe the Father’s heart cries out today for His children to see and know Him for the amazingly loving, kind and gracious God He is. He only desires the best for us, and wants us to believe for it and position ourselves to receive it. Dear friend, whatever has been going wrong in your life, please know that it did not come from Heaven. God is not punishing you or trying to teach you something. He is good and His love endures forever. He loves you, forgave you the day you repented, and does not hold any of the past sins against you. You are His very special and chosen child and always in His heart! “Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” (Lamentations 3:22). Apart from His love and kindness we could not survive. Let us begin to expect the best from our Father God, because that is what He wants to give us. People usually get what they expect in life so look for the best! James 1:17 says: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” We have a good Father and He has got some good gifts coming your way!
2) DAVID WAITED ON THE LORD. David had learned over the years that patience always pays off in the Kingdom. David knew all about patience. After he was anointed king over Israel, he had to wait many years before he could ascend the throne and rule the nation. However, he first began to learn about waiting and patience when he watched his father’s sheep for hours and days at a time. He learned to wait on the Lord (in the same way a helper waits on the people he serves) when he set out to serve the Lord in the best way he knew – through worship. He played his harp and worshipped and lifted up the name of the King as he sat for hours watching his father’s sheep in the desert. It is out of the deep well of worship that arose from within his heart that many of the psalms came forth. This became David’s secret weapon of strength. Isaiah 40:31 says: “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” David was strengthened and renewed because he waited not in anxiety or stress, but in surrender to God. However, he waited actively – in worship and praise, bringing down the glory of the Lord into the dryness of the desert. Today the Holy Spirit is speaking to many who have lost their vision and strength, and are in a very dry place, overcome with spiritual and physical weariness, guilt or defeat. He is calling you back to worship. He is calling you back into the glory, to know the Father’s heart like never before. There is forgiveness for you, there is a new refreshing and renewing for you. There is a fresh anointing awaiting you, as the sweet rain of the Holy Spirit begins to fall once more in the desert climes of your heart! God is moving. Let Him move right through you, and fill you up, in Jesus’ name, amen!
The Holy Spirit is also speaking to someone who has been suffering the effects of cruel words or the betrayal of a friend. May the power of those words be broken off your back and off your heart, and may the healing presence of Jesus flood and fill your heart and mind right now. May you begin to see yourself through your Daddy’s eyes, and may His peace invade your soul. Be healed in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!
David said: “Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!” It takes courage to wait on the Lord when faced with a difficult or painful situation and the world is pushing you to take action, but David knew this was the key to renewal and overcoming. When we decide to trust the Lord and wait on Him, He strengthens our hearts and gives us His peace. When we wait in worship, He begins a new work so that we are forever changed.
Friend, may these keys bring forth the turnaround and the beginning of the breakthrough you have been praying for. Your Daddy God is calling you up to higher levels of faith and greater victories over the powers of darkness, so step forward in faith. You are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. May this week of Atonement bring a fresh revelation of the Father’s love and forgiveness and the awesome plans He has for you. God is on your side! Be blessed, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 24 September 2012