Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Grab The Red Phone!”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
1 Samuel 17:34-37
“But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.”
Vulnerable? Yes. Defenseless? No!
In spite of what our thoughts, the appearance of our circumstances, or our feelings might be telling us, we have not been left alone. When we are in Christ, we are IN Him!
He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. In Psalm 63:6-7, David writes about the Lord’s faithfulness. At the time David is writing these words, he is most likely in the wilderness of Judah, fleeing from his wicked son, Absalom. What is David’s focus? Is he wrestling with a myriad of escape scenarios, fretting, or pacing nervously? No, David is focusing his thoughts and his heart on his God. He remembers Him and how He has been his help.
Even as he faced Goliath as a young boy, David’s pattern was to remember the Lord’s faithfulness to him. Read 1 Samuel 17:34-37.
David shelters himself in the rich memories of the Lord’s past provision and protection and strengthens himself with songs of joy. He knows God is sovereign, he believes that God is in control, and he acts on that belief, despite what he may be feeling. In other words, David walked in faith.
Charles Spurgeon, the author of the Christian classic “Morning and Evening,” gives us an interesting perspective: “Christian, take good care of your faith – faith is the only way whereby you can obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith.”
Although you say that you know Him, do you know Him intimately? Are you pursuing after Him fervently and diligently? Is He your solitary pursuit? Is He your hiding place? Do you run to Him for protection? Will you be ready when the attack comes your way?
Where do you go when you need help? Where do you run when you are afraid?
Read Psalm 27:1-6. In the midst of difficulty, David makes a resolution. What does he seek in verse 4? What enables him to do this in verse 5? How can you have this same confidence?
Choose one scripture from today that the Lord is using to renew your mind and transform your heart. Take this truth to heart and bring it to life throughout your day.
To act on faith and to trust God when in a bad situation is hard to do. Many use God as their last resort even though they never had a relationship with Him previously. But to truly trust God is a whole different ball game. Praying to Him as a last resort is not trust. It is hoping that He saves you, not trusting and knowing He will. I really like Abandon’s song “Hero” (it is up top) as it explains exactly how Jesus is our hero and how He came to save us. It is touching and I think it perfectly fits this series.