Great Worshippers: David - part 1

Friday, November 16, 2007
Apologies, it's nearly been a month now since I last blogged. I've been really busy leading a course with my wife in our church called 'Freedom in Christ'. I may have mentioned this course before in previous blogs but I feel like rambling about it again. The whole theme of the course is basically John 8:32, Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Knowing our true Identity in God not just in our heads but in our hearts will set us free in Christ.

This got me to thinking along with a few talks I've been listening to on my mp3 player about the early life of David in the Bible. This guy knew who he was in God. In fact the sheer arrogance of him standing up to Goliath and the passion for God's purposes is amazing.

David must have had an awesome view of who God was. For a young boy who had little experience of wars, battles or the intricacies of politics he didn't let the fear that gripped Israel's battle hardened army deter him from seeing it from God's perspective. Just look at the words he uses as he faces the Philistines.

You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hand
These are real fighting words from a either very foolish person or someone who was totally wrapped up in who God is. Imagine if we had the same confidence and single mindedness. If fear was so overpowered by the the knowledge of God, who he's made us and the power that's been allocated to us. Fear is the enemies greatest weapon. One of the most common commands in the Bible is to 'fear not'. Fear see the world around us in the context of our own power and strength. Faith see the world around through the eyes of our Great and mighty God.
David's fearlessness and confidence in God didn't just happen over night. This may be a topic in itself for another blog.
I feel a few more posts coming on, along the life of David. In fact I might just do a series of blogs on the Bible's greatest worshippers. Lets see how it goes!