Behind The Scenes

1 Chronicles 27:1
“And the children of Israel, according to their number, the heads of fathers’ houses, the captains of thousands and hundreds and their officers, served the king in every matter of the military divisions. These divisions came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, each division having twenty-four thousand.”

David was the greatest king Israel ever had. Under his leadership the nation reached its apex socially, economical, militarily and spiritually. Within the nation God was being highly exalted and without the enemies of Israel were subdued and peace treaties were established. Every king that would step onto Israel’s throne would be compared to David and their reign would be seen in contrast to his. I think it is important to keep in mind that while David was responsible to surrender his heart and life to the Lord he was not capable of these great victories on his own. David purposed in his heart to follow God and countless others joined him in the task. Israel’s greatness, while attributed to David was really the work of a massive host of men and women who devoted themselves to God.

The same is true today. Churches across our country are often known because of the man who stands in the pulpit and proclaims the Word. He becomes the face of what God is accomplishing in that particular area but is not doing it alone. Behind the scenes there are countless unnamed supporters who are standing with him. Many of these men and women will never become household names but the ministry could not be accomplished without them. They are the ones who hold up their pastors arms in prayer and faithfully serve beside him to assist in any way they can, to be sure the Word of God is faithfully declared in their community. They set up tables, clean up the churches, fold bulletins, teach children, attend prayer meetings, etc. Just as Israel,would not have become what it was without David’s support staff so the church cannot be what God intends without the faithfulness of those who serve alongside their pastor.

Jim

 

Strong Hands

Psalm 54:1
Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your strength.”

This Psalm is a prayer set to music. In It, David is crying out to God to deliver him from those who are seeking to end his life. The title of the Psalm gives us insight into the situation he is facing.

‘A Contemplation of David when the Ziphites went and said to Saul, ‘Is David not hiding with us?’”

Because of the jealous rage of King Saul, David was forced to live in hiding. The Wilderness of Ziph provided a perfect hiding place for David and his men. The many caves made it difficult for anyone to pinpoint their whereabouts. That is, until the Ziphites, or inhabitants of that area alerted Saul to David’s location. When news reached David that King Saul knew where he was hiding, and that he was coming with an army to kill him, David’s reaction was to pray. He set his face toward heaven, sought God’s assistance and was delivered from his enemy. We discover in 1 Samuel 23 that God moved the Philistine army in order to deliver David. God is like that; since He is the King of kings, the universe is at His disposal. He will even move nations to deliver His people. When David prayed, God delivered.

Our reaction in times of difficulty, danger, fear or uncertainty, is not always faith-filled prayer. Instead, we are often filled with worry, fear and unbelief. Too many times, when we should be following the example of David and looking up, we find ourselves in a panic, perhaps even crippled with anxiety. How was it that in such grave danger, David was able to look to the Lord with confident prayer? Again, 1 Samuel 23 gives us the insight. Just prior to the Ziphites selling David out to Saul, we read,

1 Samuel 23:16-17 “Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, ‘Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.’”

The conditions of life had greatly weakened David, until his friend came and strengthened his hands. Notice, David’s hands were strengthened when Jonathan simply shared the promises of the Word of God. This was not a pep talk, or a motivational speech. Jonathan was quoting to David what God had already promised, “You shall be king.” In our times of difficulty, faith-filled prayer is the answer. However, this kind of prayer stems from remembering the great and precious promises of God. Allow your faith to be built up for the challenges ahead, by reminding yourself of His wonderful promises.

Pastor Jim