“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” – Samuel 17:45
Read : I Samuel 17:23-57; Psalms 23: 1-6
Oh! Don’t you just love this young man David?! This story in I Samuel 17 is the clear picture of a child of God who knows his rights in God and who understands the excellence in the name of the Lord. You can tell this guy was not just writing or preaching when he wrote Psalms 8. You know a lot of us preachers are guilty of writing, studying, or preaching just to perform the duties of our office and it is so easy to fall into that kind of mediocrity. If you are a teacher or preacher or minister of some sort reading this devotional today, keep this in mind: Never study or write, or preach, just to perform the duties of your calling. But let your ministry to people be an out-flowing expression of your spiritual journey with God. Make up your mind to experience the great power and principles expressed in the Word for yourself before seeking to push it down peoples’ throats! Believe the Word and live it daily. That is the greatest expression of the Gospel’s power. Glory to God! That’s why David was such a highly favoured and beloved servant of God. He wrote some great psalms, many of which are still scriptural and poetic classics even today, but everything he wrote was an expression of his experiences with God. He wrote so powerfully about the shepherd and his sheep in Psalms 23, and so much virtue still flows out of that Psalm when we read it today, because he wrote it out of deep conviction and experience. Make that a goal of yours today, child of God. Determine to have a personal experience with God’s truths expressed in scripture. You don’t want to be satisfied with just learning about God, but with living out His Word, and having a personal experience with Him. This is a new day for you!