He was in a fight for his life.
He knew who he was—he would be king. God chose him. But the reigning, evil ruler refused to give up his throne. He pursued the young ruddy shepherd to kill him. Saul wanted to show David who was stronger. David, however, was resilient and sharp. He knew where to hide and how to fight. After all, he had killed lions, bears, and even a giant. How could Saul overtake him?
But even would-be kings have moments of weakness.
David had enough. He was tired of fighting, hiding, and running. He got weaker and Saul seemed to get stronger and more persistent. Believing his life was ending, David cried out to God.
God heard his cry. The earth rocked and quaked as lightning streaked across the sky. God’s eyes glowed with fire and smoke rose from His nostrils. On a cherub, He thundered out of the heavens under cover of darkness. Riding on the wind, every cloud parted as hailstones and arrows went before Him. As He broke through the sky, the brightness of His glory brought everything to light and exposed the earth.
He saw His beloved and gripped his hand as a sea of destruction threatened to take him over. He set David in a safe place away from his enemy. Why?
Because God delighted in him.
As fruit ripens on a branch before it is eaten, God was making David a righteous man. The shepherd who would be king kept the ways and laws of the LORD. He knew who he was and to whom he belonged. David’s heart was after God’s.
God is a God of magnificent character. He never changes. God is kindhearted, blameless, and pure. The Lord loves the humble and is light in our darkness.
As God’s strength and righteousness surrounded him, David’s fear left him. God replaced it with invincibility. He was feeling like himself again.
Bring on Saul’s troops! There was no wall he could not leap. As a buck’s hooves balance him on the mountain tops, David knew he could not stumble. God trained him for this war. Now he could bend a bow of bronze.
God is perfect. His Word is true. He is the shield that protects us. There is only one God, and He is our Rock. He saves us. As a mother wraps her arm around her toddler to keep him from falling, God supports us to make us great.
David could stand, with the power of God working in him. He was no longer the pursued, but the pursuer. David destroyed his enemies, and they did not rise again. He was no longer the one who feared; he put the fear of the Lord in his adversaries. There was none to help them, no one to hear their cries. They were as dust in the wind; as mud on the road.
The conflict with his people disappeared. David became the head of nations and people from all over revered and obeyed him. Strangers feared him because the power of his God was on him.
The LORD lives; blessed be my Rock and exalted is the God of my salvation.
God gave David justice and conquered nations under him. He delivered him from his enemies and exalted him above those who sought to destroy him. The LORD rescued him from the man of violence.
David sang God’s praises to all nations. God made him king. God showed His love for David and his descendants and will forever.
Put your name in David’s place, and read this again. See the truth of what God will do for you. Although satan opposes, he will not have his way. God will rush to you when you cry to Him. Why?
He delights in you!
God’s nature is to rescue, love, protect, and restore. It’s what He did for David and He will do the same for you. God fights our battles or He strengthens us to fight. Even now, He is training you how to win. With every battle, you become stronger, and you lean more on your Savior and Rock.
You are the Lord’s beloved.
How has God rescued you?
Heavenly Father, Thank You that I am Your beloved. You are great and worthy to be praised. I give You praise for rescuing me.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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