When I think of David, I think of his humble beginning. He was out in his fathers' fields, minding his own business, when God stepped in.
David had no idea of the drama unfolding with the current King of Israel.
He had no clue that he was even involved in God's plans for anything great.
He had no idea how his life was about to ultimately change-both for good and bad.
David was about to be anointed the new King of Israel.
The prophet called him in--much to the chagrin of his brothers and his father. In front of them, the oil ran down his head. And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him that day. I'm sure David was rejoicing at finally knowing God's plan for his life.
However, he didn't realize that as soon as the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, it also left Saul. Neither would he have imagined in his wildest dreams how he would be brought to the palace to soothe Saul's mind from the demonic attacks, but putting himself in the spotlight for his vicious attacks. The anointing and call on his life had led him to a place of hardship and a hell like he had never known.
When you come into the realization of God's call on your life, it's a time of great rejoicing. But, beloved, it also sets you on the road to some of your greatest hardships. To whom much is given, much is required.
We get excited at being told and (finally) understanding that we have been anointed and appointed for God's service; and rightly so. It is a priviledge to serve the Living King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But few ever turn over the hidden "price tag" that comes attached to the call, the gift and the anointing.
I now understand the Psalms in a new light like never before. David was able to express himself to God with a passion that few understand. Sometimes he wondered like many of us wonder, at how God could give us so great a call and then leave us in the "wilderness"; running from those we thought were friends, but finding out they are our greatetest enemies.
But then, you start to praise God.
Because He found you worthy to suffer for His names' sake.
Because you come to the realization that your storms are only momentary and that Jesus is still "in the boat."
And, because, He knows the thoughts He thinks towards you. Thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
David finally became King. And when he brought the ark home, he danced out of his clothes. God had brought him into his destiny and his purpose.
Thank you, David, for your testimony.
Beloved, I leave you with this thought: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
S.J. Mackey Copyright 2006.
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