Do you ever wonder how the prophets of old did it? They didn’t have little league, car trouble, internet viruses, or strange text messages to interpret. They didn’t have five o’clock traffic, gas and bloating commercials or the probiotic mystery to decipher. How did they stay so blessed? In the face of our daily dilemmas it’s so easy to want to close all the doors and windows and stay in the basement for a day. (Which by the way is not why I’m late blogging this morning. Ha! No alarm clock equals fluffy body pillow time. Fluffy body-pillow equals ten hours of unadulterated sleep in one thankful night. How? I don’t know. I’m just thanking my Elmo PJ’s and God and getting back to work. But you should see my bed-head! Whoa!)
Here are 5 Ways David Conquered in His Life:
#1 Admitted When He Was Wrong
“[[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.]] Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” Psalms 51:1
David recognized the “Y” in the road. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone lets a scheme run a little too long hoping they won’t get caught, or don’t even realize how off-base they are. My friends in the south call it, “gittin’ a little sideways in life.” When that happens, don’t be an ego maniac. You were wrong admit it to God and move on. He has many, many more blessings in store for that man because your pride and broken fellowship only tie his hands.
#2 Accepted the Blessings
“And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? Surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, [that] the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.” 1 Sam. 17:25
David took the blessings God presented. Sometimes we think if prosperity comes our way we should let someone else “more deserving” have it. But here, God goes to all this trouble to bless you and you let the opportunity slide by. Be like David, look for opportunities that will bless you back as well.
#3 Had Faith in God
“David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.” 1 Sam. 17:37
David had faith in God. He knew he was small and couldn’t have done those things alone. He trusted in God with his whole heart. That defines us. Not our own strength, sufficiency or lack there of.
#4 Enquired of the Lord
“And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.” 2 Sam. 5:19
David acknowledge God in things he did. It says in many verses in the record of his life that he enquired of the Lord. This was his habit pattern. It’s easy to see why God felt that he was a man after His own heart. David loved God and practiced that love by doing what he commanded.
#5 Used His P.M.S.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:23-24
David invested himself in a pride management system. The acronym of that is P.M.S. So yes, men should have a P.M.S. moment too. David didn’t wrap his emotions up in the process. If there were times he did, he asked God to search him and check where pride snuck in there. This was total humility. With God anything goes because he realized God’s making everything work for out. It’s not worth it to be prideful against God’s knowledge. God got him his first “gig” so to speak. He wouldn’t be anything without him and neither are we.
Thank you for swinging back by today and God bless you for being so wonderful!