I love to read about the life of David. He embodies the life of Jesus. To Know David’s history (His story), is to know a little more about the character of Jesus. The Old Testament always points to the coming Savior, Jesus.
As a young boy, David tended to his father’s sheep. His Father, Jesse, sent him out on a mission to take bread and provision to strengthen his brothers in battle. When David showed up, he found himself in the middle of the battlefield and ran up against the giant Goliath. David won the battle, came out the victor and cut the giant’s head off. David was richly rewarded and was given a bride. David was anointed King and was given a kingdom. He equipped and prepared an army. He gave his people protection, provision and identity. He was chased by his enemies and lost everything at Ziklag, His enemy burned down his village and took his wives, children, and livelihood. His men also lost everything and they wanted to stone him. David had great compassion for his men because he knew how they felt. He encouraged and entrusted himself in the Lord, (1 Samuel 30), engaged in battle and recovered all their losses plus much, much more. David was a man whose life was sought after and he found himself in a cave but came out alive. David’s life ended good. He definitely had some ups and downs but ended his life song on an upbeat note. A great song has both up and down notes which make it rich in melody. We need to appreciate the richness of our lives with the ups and downs so we can have a beautiful melody as well.
Does this remind you of the life and story of Jesus? I hope you find encouragement in the life story of David and Jesus. It can be your story and song as well. If you find yourself in a cave of depression as David and Jesus did, know you can walk out alive. Don’t let the enemy tell you that there is no way out and you’ll always live in the cave. Both Jesus and David came out of the cave alive.
If you have lost everything, do what David did; he encouraged himself in the Lord and had a personal encounter with Him; he was given instructions and engaged in battle. David found victory and regained and recovered his losses.
Are you up against an insurmountable giant of a problem? With the strength of the Lord run up against your giants and use the weapons that He has given you – the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God is living and powerful and stronger than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (NKJV).
Heavenly Father, We thank you for the Your Word given to us in the form of flesh, Jesus. Because of You, we carry hope and power to be overcomers and victorious in the toughest of situations and battles. We know You fight our battles for us and that You are our source, provision, protector and Abba Father. We thank you that we are not left as orphans but we have the legal right to be called Your children. We are grateful we can come boldly before you and receive encouragement, encounters, and instructions on how to engage in battle and come out triumphant. Thank you for the melody of our lives. In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen.
Elizabeth, Founder and President of Mighty Women of Vision, author and speaker.