Your Wealthy Place in God “You caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but you brought us out into a wealthy place.” – Psalm 66:12 KJV
Dearest folks... God has a specific plan for your life. This plan is very detailed and involves a place, a spouse, a school, home, job etc. This is why the scripture says the steps of a good man are directed and established by the Lord, and He delights in their ways [Psalm 37:23], and to lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths [Proverbs 3:5&6].
David reveals the intricacy of this plan to us in Psalm 139, and the Apostle Paul reveals to us that this plan has been conceived and strategically constructed for us in the heart of God, from the very foundations of the earth, and it is woven into His overall plan for the church in these last days in several of his letters to the churches, articulately so in his letter to the Christians in Ephesus (along the coasts of modern day Turkey).
“O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off (Matt. 9:44; John 2:24, 25). You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether (Heb. 4:13). You have beset me and shut me in—behind and before, and You have laid Your hand upon me. Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it. Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there [Rom. 11:33]. If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me, Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You [Daniel 2:22]. For you did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book
the days [of my life] were written
ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. How
precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! [Ps. 40:5] If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You...” A Psalm of David, the son of Jesse [Ps.139:1 -18]
“Paul, an apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the divine will (the purpose and the choice of God) to the saints (consecrated, set-apart ones) [Not just those the Orthodox popes and cardinals say are special and should be prayed to which is very wrong... fruitless, and the very recipe for deception and
We are not instructed to pray to angels nor are we instructed to pray to Mary... We are not even instructed to direct prayers of petition for material needs to Jesus much less the saints... We are specifically instructed to direct our prayers of petition to God the Father, in the name of Jesus the Son of God Who is Himself God , a member of the disaster as it has no scriptural basis whatsoever in the Word of God.
Trinity... It is the Holy Spirit, the 3rd member of the trinity Who is present physically with us on this earth, and dwells in us, Who is Himself God... the greater One within us than he who is in the world... and we fellowship with Him, and walk closely with Him in friendship. The Trinity is not hard to understand when you think of the chemical composition of 2 parts of Hydrogen and one part of Oxygen, H2O being in essence the same composition with the ability to manifest in three different forms, Solid Ice... Water... and Vapour...
There would be a big difference in the world of results we would get if we follow the Lord’s
instructions for our prayers of petition
[John 16:23], not how we think we should pray... To avoid any confusion, there are many different types of prayers like adoration and worship which is directed flawlessly to all members of the Trinity Who is One... our glorious Creator, Yahweh... Jehovah... All-mighty and Omni-present El-Shaddai... we are specifically referring to the prayer of petition for material needs here.
Another point is that the history of the Ephesians as detailed in the account of their conversion to the Lord in Acts would show that they were clearly not saints because they were “special” in the sense of the word used by the orthodox big-shots, and which has crept into the world’s view and mindset
Apostle Paul was writing about a specific group of people who had been redeemed by the same blood of Jesus you are redeemed by if you have made Jesus your Lord and Saviour, so you are indeed in every sense of the word a precious saint of God] today.
Quoting that verse on... saints at Ephesus who are also faithful and loyal and steadfast in Christ Jesus: May grace (God’s unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ. May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who tense] us in Christ with
spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the
heavenly realm! Even as [in His love] He
[Past tense] us [actually picked us
out as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He [Past tense] us,
foreordained [Past tense] us (destined
planned [Past tense] in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His
own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]—[So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor, Which He
[Past tense] upon us in every kind of wisdom and
understanding (practical insight and prudence), Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him, [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth. In Him we also (portion) and we
[Past tense] [God’s] heritage
[Past tense] an inheritance; for we had been
foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) [Past tense] in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will (I
learnt I didn’t need to struggle... all I had to do was discover the details of His will by walking in obedience to His revealed will written in His Word, follow it, and good success will continually be the result). So that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been
[There is nothing about poverty, sickness, disease or lack that is a glory to God]...” – Ephesians 1:1 – 14 destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!
You must understand that you are very unique, distinct from anyone else on the face of this earth, and precious to God. This is the reason God detests communism, and it does not stand a chance in the affairs of humanity. Also, the primary reason abortion is a terrible sin... From Adam to the last baby born before you read this, no two human beings have the same finger prints, and He has planned and made provision for each and every one of His children to fit into the overall body of Christ... each playing a part... each joint supplying to the effectual increase of the entire body.
Seeking this plan from the Lord, and following it is very important because all of your covenant provisions to include angelic protection, health, material provision and financial abundance exists within the confines of this plan... The psalmist David reveals to us how God brought him into his wealthy place which we can read about in 1st and 2nd Samuel as well as the 1st book of the Chronicles of Israel. Tracking his life from our first glimpse in the scriptures, when he herded the sheep, being faithful at the little tasks he had to shepherd and protect these little sheep from lions, wolves, and bears he fellowshipped with the Lord, played his harp and sang psalms to Him in worship. The Lord must have spoken to his heart that he would someday make him king of Israel... me... King of Israel?! What business would the glitterati of Israel have in making a poor little shepherd boy king of Israel? It was not long before the Prophet of the whole nation of Israel came to his house to anoint him King, in front of all his family, who had not even thought he was important enough to be mentioned among the sons of Jesse at the visit of this great prophet. This is the honour that can only come from God... when you are small in your own eyes, and He shows you His value of you in the way He treats you as you walk in obedience to His revealed will... This is what our Lord Jesus referred to, in reference to the Pharisees “How is it possible for you to believe [how can you learn to believe], you who [are content to seek and] receive praise and honor and glory from one another, and yet do not seek the praise and honor and glory which come from Him Who alone is God?” [John 5:44]. We are often all content to pat each other on the back for a job well done, but let us well remember that God alone is the Judge of the whole earth, who knows intimately the secret motivations of all men’s hearts, and He alone would determine the worth of each man’s work.
Things began to look up for David, and move in the general direction of the prophecy when the incumbent, King Saul had problems with devils because of a disobedient and rebellious heart and needed someone skilful to play the harp to relieve him. Someone was strategically in place within Saul’s inner court of servants to recommend David... Out of all the shepherd boys who played harps skilfully in all Israel... what are the chances? Here’s what this servant of the Lord said of David “...I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who plays skilfully, a valiant man, a man of war, prudent in speech and eloquent, an attractive person; and the Lord is with him”[1 Samuel 16:18]. What a recommendation... and at what point had David become a man of war at this stage in his life? He hadn’t fought any battles, except defending the sheep against the lions, bears etc. This guy was so taken in by David and so wanted him to get the job, he highlighted qualities he knew his master Saul liked, and the next verse shows how the King of Israel sent for an obscure shepherd boy, David, to work in his court.
Does it matter how you walk in love and treat everybody as you would want to be treated? It most certainly does... Can we actually reason that David decided to be nice to this person because he knew he would recommend him to the King one day.... no... David treated everyone with exceptional decorum ahead of his time, such that this servant was so taken in, this exceptional recommendation practically fell from his lips. Notice how God was preparing his man in the backsides of nowhere, far away from Israel’s prying paparazzi, and at the same time preparing Israel to receive him.
At David’s job interview and probationary period, here’s what happened, “...David came to Saul and stood before him (amplified version – served him): and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour-bearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray you, stand before me; for he has found favour in my sight.”... immediate promotion I tell you! David had barely settled into the role he was hired for, and he was immediately promoted. How would you like to apply for a job you believe is the one you are qualified for, but be instantly promoted at interview to a job you did not apply for, do not even have any experience in, and do not qualify for just because you have the favor of God operational in your life.
In the mean time, there was war in Israel... Saul had more to worry about than an evil spirit troubling him. Goliath of Gath, champion of the philistine army was directly challenging him (It was common practice in those times for 2 armies to settle an entire war with their 2 best warriors coming into mortal combat to avoid the decimation of the armies, epidemics and disease through not burying dead bodies quick enough, resultant famine and poverty from no men to work the land etc). Goliath, a giant warrior who was about 10 feet tall, had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of chain-mail (the English army didn’t invent them) which weighed 125lbs of bronze. He had bronze shin armour on his legs and a bronze javelin across his shoulders... The shaft of his spear was like a Weaver’s beam which was 2 inches to 2.5 inches in diameter; his spear’s head weighed about 15lbs of iron, and a shield bearer went before him... kind of like being faced with a mechanised unit of M1A1 Abram’s Armoured Tanks loaded with heavy armour-piercing rounds... According to Saul who evidently knew him, probably from previous battles or hear-say, this guy had been a warrior from his youth up, and was evidently quite skilful and well experienced in battle to cause the whole of Israel together with their king to get the shakes... “When Saul and all Israel heard the words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and
greatly afraid” [1 Samuel
17:11]. As a
side, in addition to biblical testimony of this philistine giant’s size, there is archaeological evidence of a race of giants that existed on the earth during those times... remains of the Rephaim and Anakim, descendants of Anak discovered in several areas of the middle east to include Israel which is ancient Canaan, and Saudi Arabia which you can still witness physically today, kept in various museums around the world... the abnormal offspring of the sexual union between certain fallen angels and human women recorded in Genesis 6:1 – 6... these were the ones responsible for perpetuating wickedness on the earth... which is why they had to be driven out, so the children of Israel could possess the land, and live in peace and righteousness.
David’s three eldest brothers had been preferred again to enlist in Saul’s army, and the little insignificant shepherd boy, who became errand boy was sent to carry some food for his brothers, and the captain of their company of a thousand soldiers. Food including “ten” cheeses, and “ten” loaves of bread ... The breakthrough move of God was obviously in the winds, in the midst of this whirlwind of turmoil upon all of God’s covenant people... notice how in verse 20 of chapter 17, David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep in the care of someone else... sense of responsibility in the little he had to take care of at the time.
Israel’s choice for a king to be like all the rest of the world [1 Samuel 8:4-7] was a choice to put their trust in the arm of the flesh rather than in God to protect them... to make a man their source... and now, even their precious King who had previously been successful in battle as long as he walked in obedience before God was now shaking... and worried about his own financial future... In the midst of all these events, here comes this puny shepherd boy, who is described as ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance and goodly to look to [1 Samuel 16:12]; exact description of a mommy’s little boy, talking tough... This was obviously very unusual for a wee shepherd boy in the presence of seasoned soldiers who were currently weak at the knees, so his words were repeated in the hearing of Saul, so Saul sent for him... imagine this... he was so afraid that he would look to anything and anybody to fix his problem when on a good day these words of David would not even be taken
have you ever heard of a wee beautiful shepherd boy going into mortal combat with a seasoned veteran notice of...
soldier of such stature...
His brothers would have been on hand to
say, “...now David, you are taking this faith business a bit too far now boy, even your King is frightened of this giant, so who do you think you are...” which is in essence what Eliab his eldest brother said in verse 28 of chapter 17 in 1 Samuel, and David’s immediate reply in the next verse was “...Is there not a cause...”.
Saul then tries to arm David with his own armour... the world’s way of doing things... perhaps to try and recover his kingly dignity if David succeeds so his spin doctors can say he was the one... which didn’t quite fit into God’s way of Faith and love David had been so well acquainted with in the backsides of nowhere, destroying lions
it was this knowledge and faith, he knew God would use to defeat this philistine. David took his staff instead, and chose “five” smooth and bears that came against his sheep... his little responsibility...
stones out of the brook... David depended on the awesome power of God’s grace.
Goliath gave David one look and felt so insulted he was going to rip this beautiful wee shepherd boy into pieces with his bare hands... from David’s point of view, he felt so insulted because this uncircumcised philistine did not even know Who or What he was up against... he was so spiritually thick he thought he was defying a physical army, but did not know he was coming against the Divine Power that enabled him breathe, for God promised Israel in covenant that your enemies will be My enemies, and your friends My friends... and David knew this from God’s written Word. Why did Saul and the rest of the
They depended on physical methods, and not on God... They did not spend enough time with God Israelite
in His presence, and in His Word, so when the trying of their faith came about they had no strength, or confidence with which to sustain... they regarded the words of a puny devil over and above the Word of Yahweh, and fear was the result.
The demonic spirit through Goliath spoke words... why did it have to say anything, why not just carry out those words... because that spirit could see the shield of protection of hordes of angels armed with the force of God’s light and life round about this little shepherd boy, and knew it had to try and introduce fear to create a loophole to give it a sliver of a chance at killing him. David disregarded those words, and instead spoke Yahweh’s Word “...You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth,
that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands...”
The philistine could not contain himself at this little toddler’s insolence and came forward to take this fly out of the way so he could go home and be worshipped as a god of war in Philistia one more time as they enjoy the spoils of war... Israelite servants to work their fields and do all their household tasks; as well as make their women and boys sex slaves while they wine and dine in drunkenness worshipping their god dagon. David ran towards him, took one smooth stone out of his shepherd bag, put it into his sling, aimed and slung that stone out which was speeded up by an angel faster than the speed of any bullet such that this seasoned warrior did not even see it coming... the stone sunk into his forehead, embedded into his skull and messed up his brain... the force of that angelic bullet should have made the big philistine hurtle backwards, but instead he falls forward on his face against the laws of physics... another angel or possibly the same one, whacked the back of his head sending his bulk flat into the earth. David then goes forward, and does exactly what he said... he takes the philistine’s own sword, cuts off his head, and lifts it up for all to see, sending the entire philistine army into flight for their lives and the devils lost loads of human hosts in the slaughter that followed. Abner, the general of Saul’s army brought David before the King with the head of his enemy in his hand.
David joined Saul’s court and continued being faithful with the little, but obviously the devil likes to hang around kings in the hope of influencing them negatively, and didn’t like being kicked out by David’s playing and singing the Word of God which empowered angels; so he tried to get Saul to pin David to the wall with his royal spear, and kill him... Hang on Temisan... hang on mate! ...what’s going on here? I thought he loved him greatly... I thought he would love him forever now after ridding him of his problem Goliath... Jealousy mate... Saul has slain his thousands, and David his “ten” thousands ... Well we can see without any equivocations that Saul did not hire David, and immediately promote him “out of the goodness of his heart”, but primarily because of the Favor of God operational in David’s life.
In-spite of the several attempts at his life, it is written of David that he behaved himself wisely in Saul’s court, such that he was afraid of him. Furthermore, Jonathan the legal heir to the throne loved David, and had cut covenant with him, the knowledge of the fact that caused Saul no small consternation. Meanwhile God prospered David and taught him how to fight such that no enemy of Israel could prevail against him... he had become well and truly what was initially spoken of him, a seasoned man of war... won several battles directed and taught by the Lord, was not lifted up in pride because of his new successes but
always sought God’s detailed
strategy for every battle,
and always gave the glory of victory to the Lord
as expressed in this psalm:
“Praise the LORD, Who is my Rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. He is my loving Ally and my fortress, my Tower of safety, my Rescuer. He is my Shield, and I take refuge in Him. He makes the nations submit to me...” – Psalm 144:1&2 NLT
Saul ceaselessly tried to kill David in plot after plot yet David keeps escaping with the skin of his teeth... At this point, human reason would advise “look mate, if you don’t get rid of that mad old hatter he will get you first... you know I believe this is how God wants to make you king... besides see how Jonathan Saul’s son loves you...”; not David... he understood authority as coming from God, and the preserve of judgement of this authority
within God’s prerogative... Even when he
was later to get two opportunities to kill Saul, he would not touch the Lord’s anointed... his heart even condemned him for cutting a piece off Saul’s robe... David had such a regard for authority that when an Amalekite came to him with Saul’s crown and bracelet, expecting a reward for having killed Saul, David’s enemy, he got his reward alright... a sword in the belly turning his insides out... And David wept and cried with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, and commanded that it be taught to the Israelites:
“Your glory, O Israel, is slain upon your high places. How have the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, announce it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult. O mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you [These curses of David at the mount of Gilboa still holds to this day as you will see in the picture insert of the actual location of the battle that ended in Saul’s demise], or fields with offerings. For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, as though he were not anointed with oil. [David would have served Saul with all his heart all his days, even though God had anointed him king had Saul not been given over to that murderous jealousy spirit] From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In their lives and in their deaths they were not divided. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet with [other] delights, who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel. How have the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan lies slain upon your high places. I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me. Your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How have the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!” – 2 Samuel 1:17 -27
In running from Saul, David’s family had lost everything they had inherited and worked for in Israel as he had to relocate them to the land of Moab (remember David’s greatgrand father Boaz had been very wealthy and married Ruth who followed Naomi from Moab) to avoid Saul using them as a bargaining chip against him.
In the midst of all these troubles, hiding out from cave to cave with Saul ceaselessly hunting him he penned down his testimony for all generations to see and read, and know the faithfulness of God to those who remember His covenant to keep it:
“To the Chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David, the servant of the Lord, who spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said: I LOVE You fervently and devotedly O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower. I will call upon the Lord, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. The cords or bands of death surrounded me, and the streams of ungodliness and the torrents of ruin terrified me. The cords of Sheol (the place of the dead) surrounded me; the snares of death confronted and came upon me. In my distress [when seemingly closed in] I called upon the Lord and cried to my God; He heard my voice out of His temple (heavenly dwelling place), and my cry came before Him, into His [very] ears. Then the earth quaked and rocked, the foundations also of the mountains trembled; they moved and were shaken because He was indignant and angry. There went up smoke from His nostrils; and lightning out of his mouth devoured; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also and came down; and thick darkness was under his feet. And He rode upon a cherub [a storm] and flew [swiftly]; yes, He sped on with the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret hiding place; as His pavilion (His canopy) round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. Out of the brightness before Him there broke forth through His thick clouds hailstones and coals of fire. The Lord also thundered from the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, amid hailstones and coals of fire. And He sent out His arrows and scattered them; and He flashed forth lightning and put them to rout. Then the beds of the sea appeared and the foundations of the world were laid bare at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He reached from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy and from those who hated and abhorred me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted and came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay and support. He brought me forth also into a large place; He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me. The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness (my conscious integrity and sincerity with Him); according to the cleanness of my hands has He recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His ordinances were before me, and I put not away His statutes from me. I was upright before Him and blameless with Him, ever [on guard] to keep myself free from my sin and guilt. Therefore has the Lord recompensed me according
to my righteousness (my uprightness and right standing with Him), according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. With the kind and merciful You will show Yourself kind and merciful, with an upright man You will show Yourself upright, With the pure You will show Yourself pure, and with the perverse You will show Yourself contrary. For you deliver an afflicted and humble people but will bring down those with haughty looks. For You cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine; the Lord my God illumines my darkness. For by You I can run through a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect! The Word of the Lord is tested and tried; He is a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in Him. For who is God except the Lord? Or who is the Rock save our God, The God who girds me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like hinds’ feet [able to stand firmly or make progress on the dangerous heights of testing and trouble]; He sets me securely upon my high places. He teaches my hands to war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand has held me up; Your gentleness and condescension have made me great. You have given plenty of room for my steps under me, that my feet would not slip. I pursued my enemies and overtook them [Particular reference to his pursuing, overtaking and routing the Amalekite raiding party that burnt his village Ziklag (1Samuel 30:7 – 20)]; neither did I turn again till they were consumed. I smote them so that they were not able to rise; they fell wounded under my feet. For you have girded me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me and caused to bow down those who rose up against me. You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me; that I might cut off those who hate me. They cried [for help], but there was none to deliver—even unto the Lord, but He answered them not. Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind; I emptied them out as the dust and mire of the streets. You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; You made me the head of the nations; a people I had not known served me. As soon as they heard of me, they obeyed me; foreigners submitted themselves cringingly and yielded feigned obedience to me. Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their caves or strongholds. The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted, The God Who avenges me and subdues peoples under me, Who delivers me from my enemies; yes, You lift me up above those who rise up against me; You deliver me from the man of violence. Therefore will I give thanks and extol You, O Lord, among the nations, and sing praises to Your name. Great deliverances and triumphs gives He to His king; and He shows mercy and steadfast love to His anointed, to David and his offspring forever”. Psalm 18 Amp.
The route to the fulfilment of David’s destiny... his kingship as spoken by the Lord was not as clean sailing as we human beings would like it to be... He faced real struggles along the way which shaped his character more and more... David was later to become king exactly as God promised, recovered everything his family had lost from fleeing from Saul, and was so personally wealthy when he was ready to hand over to his son Solomon, that he gave for the building of the temple, out of his own personal treasury, the estimated equivalent today of billions of Dollars worth in gold, silver and precious stones...
“...So I have provided with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be of gold, silver for things of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood, as well as onyx or beryl stones, stones to be set, stones of antimony, stones of various colours, and all sorts of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, in addition to all I have prepared for the holy house,
I have a private treasure
of gold and silver which I give
for the house of my God: It is 3,000 talents of gold, gold of Ophir, 7,000 talents of refined silver for overlaying the walls of the house...” – 1 Chronicles 29:2 - 4
Also remember that prior to this, God’s man David... whom the Lord Himself referred to as “a man after my heart” [1 Samuel 13:14] committed most heinous sins... He committed adultery with one of his soldiers’ wife; Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, and she became pregnant... called the man back from the frontlines to go home so Uriah could make love to his wife so David’s sin could be hidden, but this faithful soldier would not leave his master’s feet, and longed to go back to join his brothers in battle, realising that he might never see some of them alive again if he went home... David seeing this, then writes the man’s own death warrant and sends him with it to the Captain of the host to put this faithful soldier where the battle was the hottest so he could be killed... adultery... cold-blooded murder... David paid dearly for this sin, in the death of the child and his own son raping his own daughter, and then this son being murdered by his other son, who was later to attempt a mutinous bid for his throne and died in the process, which is the primary reason God hates sin because it damages our lives in ways we cannot fathom... The punishment for adultery and murder under the old Levitical law was death, and David knew this... He deserved to die but knew by revelation far ahead of his time, he could appeal to the mercy of God... he repented when confronted by Nathan the prophet... he did not even try to hide his sins from Israel, which we see recorded in the psalms:
“To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bathsheba. HAVE MERCY upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and lovingkindness blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly [and repeatedly] from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin! For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgement. [Rom. 3:4] Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful]. [It’s quite possible David was a product of adultery by Jesse his father, which is why he was kept well hidden away when the prophet Samuel came to their house to anoint a King, and had to ask for him-sinful attitudes are hereditary (as well as faith’s righteousness) which we well see as the downfall of his son Solomon-we would be doing our children a great favour if we resolve to walk blameless before God.] [John 3:6; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:3] Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter
than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted and return to You. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness and death, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness (Your rightness and Your justice). O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it; You find no pleasure in burnt offering. [1 Samuel 15:22] My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise. [How did he know this at a time when all they had were the laws of Moses which specifically instructed sacrifice... personal revelation from an
if you are, please stop trying to make up for sin by serving God hard in the church... the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus is the only acceptable sacrifice together with a contrite heart as David describes... this is enough...] Do intimate relationship with God through constant worship and adoration of Him...
good in Your good pleasure to Zion; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. [David also knew by revelation that sin gives an entrance of the enemy into our spheres’ of responsibility... wilful sinful attitudes in a father or church leaders’ lives, will give demonic spirits access to that family or church as we see from David’s life]. Then will You delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, justice, and right, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then bullocks will be offered upon Your altar [Acceptable
Christian sacrifice to God only begins after a renewed relationship with the Master... and these are sacrifices of love in the service of His Kingdom].
Our Lord can repair... if we repent, then trust and begin to depend on Him. Personal sin does not have to signify the end of your relationship with God but just a blip... Jesus has already paid the price for all our sin past, present, and future and he will make you whole again as if you did not even sin. It is noteworthy that this same Bathsheba was in the direct lineage of our Lord Yeshua Hamashiach... Jesus our Messiah [Matthew 1:6]. God is kind and merciful...
Things may not exactly be going the way you thought, but remember Joseph and all the trouble he went through from his dreams to becoming the most powerful man in Egypt second only to Pharaoh... and Daniel, father Abraham, apostle Paul etc... You may have received a promise from God, and are exasperated at not seeing it come to pass instantly... nothing in the Kingdom of God happens instantly but is worked out... we have to be faithful in the little things before we get promoted. Further to this, we have to be obedient to God’s revealed will in His written Word, and He will reveal the details of His plan for you.
You say but Temisan I can’t hear God speak to me like you... Our glorious Father knows you intimately... He planned great things for your life from the foundation of the earth before you were born... He has desired an intimate relationship with you and waited patiently for a long long time... He gave you His best... Jesus, His all... He loves you ever so dearly... you need His love much more than you can possibly realise, regardless of how tough you might perceive yourself to be... He didn’t create you to try and go this life alone without His help... and He has prepared glorious things for you, if you would only trust Him... and love Him back with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength, all your days... and love His other children who are every bit as
You will know His voice the more you know His personality which you will discover more and more about from His written Word. Spend time precious as you. Invest time in this relationship like you would any other...
daily in His presence and sing to Him, meditate on His Word, and His precious Spirit will teach you everything you need to know.
“...What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. [Isa. 64:4; 65:17] Yet
to us God has unveiled and revealed them
by and through His
Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny]. For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God”. – 1 Corinthians 2:9 -12
Finally, please don’t be worried that God will tell you to do something you do not want to do... and as He reveals His plan to you, please don’t get scared at the enormity of responsibility of it... write the plan down on paper where you can see it every day because there is a timing attached to it... He matures us day by day and brings us into the destiny He has planned as we walk faithfully in obedience to Him... Faithful is He who calls us, who also will do it [1 Thessalonians 5:24]... please have faith in His love for you... anything He has planned for you, I can assure you, He has fully equipped you for... you were born for this very thing, and will find complete fulfilment in doing it; even more, you will get so excited in the plans that they will consume your waking day and fill your dreams at night when you sleep...
In conclusion, we must remember that our prize is not merely an earthly crown, but a heavenly one therefore let us run the race that is set before us, without wrath or doubting, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith.
Your brother in Christ, Temisan
“...You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavour? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father...” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:13 – 16) New Living Translation