We continue with our series on the blessings of God’s presence. In this article we will be looking at the presence of God in the life of King David. As we look at the life of David, we see many examples of the presence of God, right from his youth; although no specific account is given of it other than his testimony about it.
There was the time when the flock of sheep he was looking after was set upon by a bear and on another occasion by a mountain lion. We read that David was able to kill those wild animals, emerging victorious from those two dangerous encounters. These are two clear examples of the presence of God enabling David to come out unscathed in life-threatening situations.
Another example of the presence of God in David’s life was on the occasion when he was anointed king in his father’s house. We read in 1st Samuel 16:13; ‘the spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on’. Later on we read that the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul and the Lord had sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear. As a result, his servants suggested that someone be found who played music well that would help provide palliative care for the troubled king. In the discussion to find someone, one of the servants of King Saul suggested David’s name, stating that he was not only a talented harp player, but a brave warrior with good judgement, good looking and the clincher was that ‘the Lord is with him’. It was on that recommendation that David was invited to join the service of the king Saul in the royal courts.
Not long afterwards we read the account of the universally known story of David’s battle with Goliath. The details of the background and context are not critical here. What is important is to note what David said to Goliath, the Philistine. David said to him, ‘You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of heaven’s army and Israel’s armies, whom you have defiled.’ (1st Samuel 17:45). David was invoking the power of God and the power of God is nothing other than His presence. We know what happened after. David slew the giant Philistine with a sling and a stone, beheading his defeated enemy with his own sword. How ironic. The weapon in which he trusted became the instrument by which his head was taken off his shoulder.
As we look further into the life of David we see how his life was spared from the brutal assaults of King Saul, which were prompted by deep-seated jealousy and personal insecurity. On a number of occasions he threw a spear at David in an attempt to kill him, but God protected David and helped him to escape. In many of the battles David faced, we see how God preserved him despite the many dangers and difficulties he faced.
In summary, when we look at the life of King David we see the power of God’s presence; firstly, to empower in order to grant victory. Secondly, we see the power of God’s presence to protect. Thirdly, we see how the power of God’s presence grants favour and ultimately we see the power of God’s presence to promote or advance.
We can learn from the example of David by asking God to be with us. If God is with us, favour and victory are sure; even in what may seem to be setbacks; He will cause all things to conspire for your good.
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2014©
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