What I Read Today:
2 Corinthians 4; Mark 8; Ezekiel 22; Proverbs 11-12; 2 Samuel 22
What made King David different than King Saul?
The words of 2 Samuel 22 give us an indication of what was inside of David’s heart. If we start in verse 31 and go through verse 37, I think we will see what the difference was between the two men.
31 “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
David acknowledged that God was perfect and holy, and David knew that he needed God. He also understood that God did not need him. David leaned on God’s word for understanding and God’s presence for life itself.
32For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except for our God?
The King stood in awe of his God. He looked up to heaven at the glorious majesty of God and couldn’t believe that God would actually care for individual men and women. David also understood that all the other foreign gods were nothing more than wood and stone. The nation of Israel worshiped the living God!
33It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. 34He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. 35He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 36You make your saving help my shield; your help has made me great.
David realized that God had given him the strength and abilities that he needed to be a King. Without God, he would still be a shepherd, caring for his father’s sheep. God had made him who he was. The blessing God bestowed on him was all that David needed. He had no formal education and no training in warfare. Yet David was a master administrator and a warrior who conquered the entire middle east. The only way that happens is with God behind you.
37You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.
Finally, David relied on God for the strength to go on. The day to day struggles in his life had to be incredible. Leading a vast kingdom was hard. It was the kind of work that causes lesser men and women to snap. God strengthened David for each day’s work.
David shows us that God is our ultimate source of strength. Worship him for all the many mercies that he’s given you each and every day!
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