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Friday, April 27, 2012

I Sam 17:26 and Luke 20:46 "Bleating Sheep" (April 28)

It's all right to be satisfied and encouraged and gratified from others.
But it's not all right to demand that it happens.

Luke 20:46 - Beware of:
* looking good
* best tweets/ most loving comments
* best seat in the house
* words of honor

David's father doesn't want him to go to war...stay home and take care of the sheep.  David didn't live for recognition.  He was faithful where he was found.  Bringing comfort to his valiant older brothers at war, David sees this Philistine giant and questions out loud why this guy should defy the armies of the living God?  I Samuel 17:26.  David's eldest brother lunges down David's throat...I wonder why?  "Why have you come down here? ... I know the evil of your heart."  I Samuel 17:28.  Snippy, sarcastic, suspicious rhetoric from the older brother.  Why?  All David did was show up to help.  Doesn't the same thing happen to us?  We show up and someone slips and the slights start streaming.  So hurtful.  What does David do with his hurt?  Against all odds, he takes courage and stands up to the abominable Giant with weapons of heart not armor.  God's glory is not in our strength, not in our armor.  God glorifies Himself through our hearts.  Nor is His Glory in the applause of men.  The women came out of all the cities of Israel singing and dancing to celebrate David's victory over the giant.  So, what did the king see:
"Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”  King Saul heard those stinging shouts and became terribly displeased.  Verse 9 says that Saul "eyed" David from that day on.  Do I have my "eye" on anyone, watching how things turn out for them, with them, to them???

Stay home and take care of your bleating sheep. 

1 comment:

  1. Jumping ahead--what a beautiful Psalm, at the end of 59, "But I will sing of your strength;
        I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
    For you have been to me a fortress
        and a refuge in the day of my distress.
    O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
        for you, O God, are my fortress,
        the God who shows me steadfast love."

    Blessed Sunday, Pearls!