WALKING IN DAVID’S SHOES

BY:  JACKIE CAPORASO

MESSAGE No. 186

PART ONE

INTRODUCTION

GOD’S ELECTION

IN SAUL’S HOUSE

NO LOOKING BACK

THE REPLACEMENT

THE AWAKENING OF OUR INNER WITNESS

THE IMAGE OF THE SON

THE IMPOSTOR

FACING OUR GOLIATH

NO COMPROMISE

INTRODUCTION

The Lord instructed His prophet Samuel with these words, “For man looks upon the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Sam. 16:7b) “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matt. 22: 37) These are the words of our Lord Jesus to us.

The heart speaks of our affections. The things we treasure and hold dear are at issue. Our hearts lead us to the places and the ones to whom we join ourselves. It is very difficult to go against our hearts. This is why God looks upon the hearts and most of all, God deals with our hearts. From the foundation of the worlds, God has known where our hearts would lead us, and He has directed the path of those who have a heart for Him.

When we symbolically apply the life of David to our own lives, we discover the trail of our spiritual journey. Indeed, we are first faced with Goliath (the carnal mind within us). He is the one who was in charge while we bounded with the ways of the world. Then we uncover the Saul within us; he is the one who leads us through the religious systems from which we have to come out.

It is within our own “Saul’s house” that we find Jonathan, the one who loves David enough to give him his own soul. He is the one who is forever faithful to the David that matures within us and delivers us from the forces that have been in control of our lives. This David (Christ within) leads us into battle against Goliath. He also directs our warfare with Saul and causes us to retrieve to our caves until we hear a clear word from God. It is this David who takes us all the way to a clean heart for the victory of the ages. As these things are worked out individually in each of God’s elect, the hope of creation for deliverance from the bondage of corruption is being fulfilled.

It is to those who have a heart to be about their Father’s business that I will try to address this study. We need to know that it is not selfish to allow God’s Spirit to change our hearts in a personal way, for only those with a pure heart can bring about the plans and purposes of God to bring this groaning creation unto Himself.

And so it is necessary to keep our eyes on the prize and to know that this inner warfare must be won, not for ourselves only, but for the deliverance of God’s precious and beloved creation. This is our Father’s business. 

GOD’S ELECTION

The coming election is big news in this country, but even more interesting than that, is the election of God that takes place in the Spirit realm. Before going any farther on the subject, let us make it clear that the “elects” are not the only ones in the kingdom of God! Indeed, multitudes of people are saved to enter into God’s kingdom. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark. 10:14b) Little children also speak of adults who have not reach maturity in Christ.

Many Christians may be under the impression that God’s election shows partiality, and so He could not have chosen some over others. But if we study God’s Word and if we hear from His Spirit, we will know that God has ordained for some to fulfill their part in bringing about His purposes in the earth. God always uses men or women to accomplish the plans that He has put in place from the foundation of the world.

Paul knew this and he told his church, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen…” (I Cor. 1:26) Paul also wrote, “Just as He (God) has chosen us in Him before the foundation of world…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” (Eph. 1:4a, 5) These are certainly revealing words concerning the ways that God works.

How does God pick His chosen ones? David is a prime example of this. Just as Paul said, God does not choose the most admired of men; He chooses the one who is least in the eyes of men.

God had rejected Saul; He was ready to make His move and pick out his replacement among men. First God was going to deal with His man Samuel who had been mourning and grieving since he found out that Saul was no longer in God’s favor.

NO LOOKING BACK

God said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” (I Sam. 16:1b)

Samuel had grieved long enough. How many of us grieved when God revealed the condition of the church we had been with or the true spiritual condition of some of the ministers we had valued highly? How many among us have yearned for the beautiful robed choirs and the excitement of meetings when we rejoiced together on Sunday morning?

Have we not wept when God showed us that the teachings that we had been following could not take us any farther? This happened to us every step of the way. We have moved from church to church, from assembly to assembly, even from the places where we embraced the deepest truths of sonship and immortality, from the ministries we revered and loved, we have grieved when we had to move on.

We grieved and we often desired to turn back; we almost did a few times and after a while, some have done just that. They needed the thrills of Pentecost. They yearned for the stimulus of signs and wonders and God is filling them with that, but they are not the ones after God’s own heart.

As we persevere, we find that the One in the midst of us is strong; He does not desert us in battle. He reveals to us the true purpose of the walk we are in and we find that indeed there is a cause!

Esther took her life in her own hands when she appeared before the King to plead for her people, but she had made herself ready. Her heart declared, “If I perish, I perish…” but she had to follow her calling. And so, as we look around us today and realize the state of the church and of the world, we know that we must fulfill our calling. We must be cleansed and ready to appear before the King and proclaim, “If I perish, I perish!”

The days of our yearnings for what we left behind are over. The Spirit has led us out of this and out of that to teach us that there is nothing worth holding onto except God’s purpose for His creation. This is the reason for our being.

THE REPLACEMENT

Then, God sent Samuel to Jesse’s house in Bethlehem to anoint the king who would someday replace Saul. Jesse was very proud of his handsome sons and he lined them up in front of Samuel. One by one, Samuel looked at the young men and was impressed with their good looks. He knew that this one was the one, but wait Samuel, the Lord said “NO” this is not the one!

“But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Sam. 16:7) This is a powerful word from the Lord because it teaches us that in His “election,” God is very particular. He is the One who chooses; no one needs to apply for the job. Jesus told His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit…” (John. 16:16a)

David did not choose to be king; He was drafted without questions. Jesus also said, “…for many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matt. 20:16b)  Jesus also explained that in the last days no flesh would be saved if it was not for the sake of His elect, “But for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.” (Mark 13:20b)

God’s election was settled before the foundation of the world. David was chosen of God long before he was even born. Saul had only been king for two years when God said to him, “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has chosen for Himself a man after His own heart…” (I Sam. 13:14a) God had chosen Saul because of the demand of the people, but Saul was never in God’s permanent plans. Still, Saul reigned forty years over Israel.

Saul had fiercely fought against the enemies of Israel. The women had sung that Saul had slain his thousands of Philistines.  For at least twenty years, Saul disregarded God’s commands and God was not pleased with his performance. It was then that God spoke to Samuel and sent him to Bethlehem to find the next king at Jesse’s house. 

Scholars agree that David was between twenty and twenty-two years of age when Samuel found him. They figured that it was ten years before David was even conceived that God said to Samuel, “The Lord has chosen for Himself a man after His own heart.” 

Indeed, all of God’s elects are chosen from the foundation of the world. They are chosen according to God’s foreknowledge. “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Rom. 8:29)

Paul was chosen from his mother’s womb; so was Jeremiah. Indeed all in Christ were with Him, predestined, called, justified and even glorified before the worlds were created.

THE AWAKENING OF OUR INNER WITNESS

When God calls His elects, He awakens them to their true identity in Christ. Recently, I was looking through some old files and I came across a writing that a young woman sent to me some ten years ago. She was sharing that she had been going through the Bible only for the reading of it, and not for study. In her own words she writes, “It seemed that everything I read was alive and filled with meaning for me- even Leviticus where I found much symbolism that spoke to me of God’s love. That seems odd, because the book is about the Law, but it was hitting me quite differently.

One evening I was sitting at my desk in my room reading this in John’s Gospel.  ‘When the counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about Me. And you also must testify, for you have been with Me from the beginning.’ (John 15:26-27)

I read the passage and felt to close my eyes. Something was happening and I entered into it. After I had closed my eyes, I felt as though I was pulled into a void that was not really void at all, but full of God. And I heard those words again, ‘You have been with Me from the beginning.’ There was a felt sense with it too. The felt sense was one of belonging and of knowing that I had always existed with God. I had the sense of time, eons of time, which I passed through to that eternal place where all stopped and there was only God and I.

After I came out of the experience, I felt that I knew the truth that I had not begun at birth, but had always been with God. Now, I have to tell you that I had not heard this idea anywhere before. It was not a part of what I had been taught. I have cherished that moment, not so much because I heard the truth, but because I FELT the truth. It has been a sort of benchmark for me. I can compare the feeling I have when I am hearing something, either from out there in the environment or from inside myself, and if that feeling matches the experience I had at that time, I can tell it is true.

There have been other experiences which have been similarly dramatic. There is an essence in them as well, that stays with me. I would say now that it is the felt sense of being with God. It is not a sense of being a part of God, but of being present with God. As I write this, I am thinking how lax I am in giving time in my life for opening to that experience more. It is the one and only thing that I really need. It may be that it is the only thing that really is.”  End of quote.

At the time, she had been reading the Bible for its literal contents. Even Leviticus, which can be very boring as it lays out the laws of God for everyday life, became illuminated to her. The Law indeed leads to Christ and the Christ within her had taken over and was translating the literal word into its real spiritual meaning. It was at this point that she was able to enter into the realm of Spirit and experience the wonderful presence of God.

When she entered the realm of Spirit, she was awakened and found the place of her true beginnings. Moreover, she knew that some of that glory was still present with her. The witness within began to stir. Even though, as it is with all of us, she had been born in Adam – the land of darkness and of the wiles of the serpent – she could now rely on a new witness that would not lead her astray.

The same Voice that came to speak to Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening was now speaking to her. This treasure within is the fountain of living waters that flows from each one who have had this awakening. This is the true baptism in the Holy Spirit. Our daily walk with Him trains our spiritual ear to respond to His Voice.

This is what happened to this young woman, and it is what happens to all who hear the call and yield to the Spirit. As she explains, ‘after that I was able to know if something was true because of the presence within.’ It is coming into the reality of His presence and remaining there. We still go in and out, but the day is at hand when we shall go no more out.

The truth revealed to her was that she was with Him from the beginning. Indeed, as we know and as Paul taught that ‘we were chosen in Christ from the foundation of the world.’ Indeed, we were with Him in spirit but it was when we were born in Adam that we obtained a soul and a body of flesh. It is then that we fell into this darkness, but down deep within, we heard His Voice calling to us. As we reached for the light, He began to reveal Himself day by day.

We know that it is not by works, by knowledge or even by revelations that we know Him. These are only tools. It is only as we follow His Holy Spirit daily that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.  Paul prayed, “May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”  (I Thes. 5:23-24)

We know that our bodies of glory are fashioned after our natural bodies. When Jesus came to Thomas after His resurrection, He showed Him the nail prints in His hands and the wound in His side. It was His new body of glory, but it was fashioned after His natural body. Jesus is our perfect pattern of things to come. When we follow the Holy Spirit, our own spirits, souls and bodies are preserved (saved) blameless (sinless) and our change begins to take place.

This is the high calling of God in Christ that Paul was writing about as he yearned to be found in Him and in the power of His resurrection. Paul knew these things by revelation but he wanted to attain them. He declared, “Not that I have already attained or am already perfected but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward (higher) call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12, 14)

Paul had seen the truth of the higher calling of God in Christ. He knew that there was more to attain than just a heaven after death. He desired to be with Christ, through ages to come, proclaiming His unsearchable riches and manifesting the glory of His Father. We have obtained salvation by faith, but there is much more for those who will lay down their lives. We join with Paul in his prayer, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” (Vs. 10)

The people of the world have been led to believe that the church system that they behold is God or the only way to God. But the calling of the sons is to replace that “Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth” with the true Bride of Christ.

THE IMAGE OF THE SON

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. It also teaches that we are saved by faith and not by works. However, when God opens the eyes of our understanding, we begin to see God’s plan for His entire salvation and we realize that God has chosen a certain few to accomplish this work to the end.

David overcame all his obstacles in the Name of the Lord. It is a life of overcoming by the Spirit   that prepares us and makes us fit for the call.  If we see ourselves in the image of the Son as glorious and powerful creatures that everyone admires, we are not seeing the true picture, we are deceiving ourselves and we do not know our Father’s heart.

Mount Zion represents the place of God’s rule and authority. It is on Mt. Zion that the Lamb appears along with those who follow Him. He is a sacrificial Lamb; it is this qualification that gives Him the highest authority in God.  Those who are with Him are the company of elects who have become God’s lambs.

A sheep gives its fleece but a lamb lays down his life. The Lord Jesus is God’s Lamb. He laid down His life for the salvation of humankind; there is only one such Lamb. But, those who follow Him are those who have a heart for God’s purposes. They do not hold on to their own ambitions but as Jesus, they are ready to be about their Father’s business.

This does not necessarily mean that they will be missionaries, preachers or Bible teachers; they may well be occupied with the cares and needs of their families, but their hearts are always turned toward their Father. These are not seeking the thrills of this world; their hearts seek after truth and fellowship with their Father.

This was the heart that God found in David. While he was busy keeping his father’s sheep, his heart thrilled at acknowledging and praising His God in every small detail of his life. This is the heart of the elect.

THE IMPOSTOR

God sent Samuel to anoint the next king of Israel. He found him among the sons of Jesse the Bethlehemite. Each son that was first presented looked like the right one.

When Samuel looked at Eliab he said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him. But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘do not look upon the appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Sam. 16:6-7)

So all seven sons paraded in front of Samuel and the Lord’s answer was the same, “The Lord has not chosen this one.” Jesse did not even bother to call in his youngest son. Perhaps, David was an embarrassment in Jesse’s life.

David once wrote, “Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” (Psa. 51:5) Could the true mother of this son of Jesse have been a harlot? Could Jesse have been as Judah, lured by a harlot on the side of the road? Jewish traditions think that is possible.

Samuel had to insist repeatedly that Jesse bring in another son. “So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes and good-looking. And the Lord said, ‘Arise, anoint him, for this is the one! ‘Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.” (I Sam. 16:12-13)

So it is with all of God’s chosen, they may not possess that ‘religious’ charm that men seek after, but buried deep within them is the heart that God loves. As David, they have bright eyes. The eyes reflect the soul. God’s light is reflected in their souls and they are quick to apprehend the truths of God’s Spirit.

When Samuel anointed the young man that God chose, David had no idea of the extent of what would be required of him. He could not possibly comprehend what it all entailed. David was not only called to be king of Israel; he was called to replace the king that was already seated and ruling on the throne.

Beloved, this is the key to the call of the elect. At first, we have no idea what God’s call in our lives entails. We think that we are just going to be better people and go to heaven. But as we mature, He reveals the condition of the religious orders to us, and we see that we are not only called to rule and reign with Christ, we are the Word who will replace the religions that rule from the throne of men’s hearts.

When the kingdom of God is fully established without observation in the hearts and minds of the elects, it will be manifested among men. The devil who sits as king in the temple of God (hearts of men) knows this. He accuses us day and night to discourage and defeat us.

God had chosen Saul at the request of the people who wanted a king (a worldly system) like all other nations around them. Saul had great physical strength and he was very handsome; he stood head and shoulders above his fellows. He was everything that the people desired; they were mesmerized by his physical appearance.

The devil uses the same tactics today. People seek for leaders who can charm and soothe them with alluring looks and words. They look for churches with popular leaders and extensive programs for themselves and their families.

It was God who gave Israel a king after their own hearts, yet in the end, he turned out to be an impostor. This is what happened to Christianity. God allowed men to build up the great cathedrals and churches everywhere. Christianity became so rich and famous that it became the state religion in Europe. But, because it strayed far from the truth and from the heart of God, it became as King Saul, the great Impostor.

Nevertheless, God had a plan from the beginning; He saw the hearts of the Abrahams, the Josephs, the Ruths, the Davids, the Johns, the Pauls and the saints through all ages. He anointed them for the task and just as His pure Lamb Jesus; they are His lambs, His firstfruits to accomplish His purpose.                   

FACING OUR GOLIATH

God’ plans to prepare His lambs for the task have been in place since the foundation of the world. He first sent His spotless Lamb to redeem them from among men. Speaking about them John records, “These are the ones who were not defiled by women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.” (Rev. 14:4)

They are firstfruits for they are the first offering dedicated to God and to the Lamb. Their destiny is no longer their choice; they have been predestined by God for His purpose. They have not been defiled by women because they are virgins. Women in the Bible denote organize groups of people. The great whore of Revelation is a “woman” and she represents the organized religions of men.

God’s Holy City is a “Bride,” she is seen as a woman and she represents His true Church. Those who are not defiled by women are those who have not been defiled or soiled by fabricated religions. They may have been part of them at one time, but they were redeemed from them and were not impregnated by them. God sent His own spotless Lamb to redeem them and call them out from among these. He anointed them with His Holy Spirit, and became the Voice within that they could follow.

David was the least in his father’s house yet he was the one that God had chosen. David loved his father’s sheep; this is a characteristic of the elect’s heart. David took care of them, protected them, healed them and led them to green pastures and by still waters. God’s elects are tested in that area as well. They come to the understanding that God’s sheep are more important than their own affairs and they follow the instructions of the Holy Spirit for them.

After God chose David and brought him out of his father’s house, He took him through a long, arduous and sometimes even brutal season of training. David had to grow, be broken and obedient to God’s Spirit. David had to become pliable in God’s Hand just as the clay on the Potter’s wheel. David had already received a lot of training while keeping his father‘s sheep, but it was not long until things began to really pick up steam.

But first David has to face Goliath. This nine and a half feet giant made the entire army of Israel tremble. Yet, when David saw him, he did not consider the imposing and daunting physique of this Philistine. He did not stop to regard the weight of his armor of bronze or the staff of his spear as sharp as a weaver’s beam. David did not let the power of the giant’s voice frighten him or intimidate him. The fact that all Saul’s men were cowering and shaking at the sight of this giant did not seem to affect David either.

When Saul himself got in the act and told David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” (I Sam. 17:33)  David did not let such words change his mind. Instead, he recounted the times that God gave him supernatural strength against the lion and the bear and he bravely stated, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (Vs. 37a)

The young shepherd did not let the disapproving words of his own brothers dampen his spirit. He quickly took off the armor that Saul had placed upon him, and he filled his trusted slingshot with five smooth stones from the river. David was ready to face this giant. It is written that “…when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, ruddy and good-looking.” (Vs. 42)

So Goliath stood six cubits and a span towering over David. “He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze (126 lbs). And he had bronze greaves on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels (15 lbs.); and a shield-bearer went before him.” (I Sam. 17:5-7)

Is it any wonder that the armies of Israel were shaking in their boots in front of this gargantuan creature?  But David stood his grounds in front of the bully. He did not bat an eyelash; instead, he uttered these famous words, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled.” (Vs.45)

We know that Goliath with his coat of brass represents the powers of the flesh. The forehead of this bully speaks of the carnal mind that has been directing man since Adam and Eve. All of Christendom has trembled in front of this tyrant. They have run to pastors for a word of comfort, but most have failed to even faze this adversary. This power has been bullying God’s people and has defeated the churches for ages. 

Indeed no one, except Jesus Christ, has ever conquered the power of the carnal mind. Christians have proclaimed that they are “sinners saved by grace!” Or else they claim that “after all we are only humans!” When we tested the armor of Saul, we found that it was an added burden of “dos and do nots.” But God has ordained that some find the Spirit of David (Christ) within, and arise to face this giant in the name of the Lord. 

David filled his slingshot with smooth stones from the river. Stones from the river represent truths that are found in the river of God’s Spirit that flows in the earth of our own beings.  When we are filled with the truths that the Spirit makes real to us each day, we are able to take them and fling them at the forehead (mind) of this intimidating giant until he falls to his knees. Then David took the giant’s sword and used it to cut off his head.

The same sword which is the word of God interpreted by the carnal mind is the literal legalistic word that accuses us day and night.  But the same sword of legalism becomes the word of life when placed in the hands of David (the Spirit). As we take hold of it, it becomes the weapon that cuts off the head of the giant forever.

The faithfulness and love of our Father has not only given us His Son to atone for our sins, He has made the way for us to be free from the powers that the law has held against us through the giant of our carnal minds. It is when we are free from legalism that we are able to receive the revelation of God’s plan and purposes for His creation.   We all love the story of this valiant young man, but we must see that we are also called to stand with the same fearless spirit and disarm the giant of flesh and legalism that threatens us each day.                       

NO COMPROMISE

David never compromised. He did not weaken when faced with the lion, the bear or Goliath and he was ready for Saul. He prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psa. 51:10) David knew that his victories hinged on the state of his heart. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds and our minds are swayed by our hearts’ desires.

Our Adam man had filled us with the love of this world, but the spirit of David within us cries out for a steadfast heart and a renewed spirit.  A steadfast heart will not be influenced when unclean desires arise from our hearts. God is renewing within us the spirit of this one who loves God first. The strongest weapon against all our enemies is a pure heart that trusts God and loves Him completely.

While God is working these things in us, the words of Isaiah ring out loud and clear, “Come my people, enter your chambers, and shut the doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood (bloodshed), and will no more cover her slain.” (Isa. 26:20-21) This is not the time for us to be doing great things, it is the time when God comes out of His place and puts the enemies of Christ to flight.

Although these words have always been true, never before have they been as vividly real as in this day. While God causes all evils to surface, He hides us in His secret place.

It is not as we run to glorious meetings to hear anointed preachers that God meets us today. It is in the hidden place that He teaches us and molds us into the image of His Son. The Holy Spirit has led us to confront our Goliath, and we have gathered our smooth stones so that when our carnal minds speaks lies to deceive us or discourage us, we stand ready to fling the truth between his eyes,  take the sword of legalism out of his hands and chop his head off.    

IN SAUL’S HOUSE

When David faced the lion and the bear, he was laying the groundwork to face Goliath. And when he confronted the giant, it was only in preparation to enter another phase of his life and face the most difficult challenge of all – Saul.

As we get to know David, we realize that God is truly in charge of his life. Paul wrote to Timothy about the power of God “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began…” (II Tim.1:9)

David did not choose his calling anymore than we did; a heart that loved God inspired and motivated him to accomplish his earthly mission.  Therefore, it is because we loved God in the beginning that His Spirit has arranged everything in our lives. “…we know that all things work out for good to those who love God…” (Rom. 8:28a) It is an affair of the heart.

David’s heart always rejoiced in His God, even when the journey was not easy. David trusted God and followed as He moved the circumstances of his life.  Right after David returned from slaying the giant, Saul inquired about him. He quickly had him brought to him. We read, “Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore.” (I Sam. 18:2)

From that day forward, David was part of the house of Saul. He was about to embark in a life filled with challenges and struggles that would test his mettle. It is in Saul’s house that David meets the one who loves him as his own soul and makes everything meaningful and even pleasant. This one is Jonathan…   

(To be continued…)

Because of His love,  

WALKING IN DAVID’S SHOES – MSG. No. 186 [Jackie Caporaso]          1

 

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