Militarily, the situation should never have unfolded the way it did. The Philistines were moving toward the heartland of Israel from Gath on the coastal plane. Israel’s army blocked their advancement toward the population centers of Judea, but stopped short of engagement.
Sing to the LORD, all the earth;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.
David had come to know the Lord’s goodness over the course of a lifetime. Based on God’s past faithfulness, he had an expectant confidence of God’s continued care not only in this mortal life, but in the very presence of the Lord forever!
More often than not, it is during the difficult and challenging periods of our life that we draw closer to the Lord seeking His protection. But, how do we respond to God’s blessing?
Does David really believe that God always chooses the right path? We aren’t left to draw our own conclusions.
When King David testifies, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures,” it’s not the Shepherd forcing a “lie-down” on the sheep. Sheep do not lie down to eat!
Imagine yourself sitting across the table from King David. He’s earnestly discussing his relationship with God. He’s the king of Israel passionately speaking to you from personal experience.
Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Our calling is to be a visible demonstration of God’s grace. To walk worthy of our calling is important for every Christian, but especially as we relate to one another within the body of Christ. It isn’t a difficult concept. Summarized in three simple words, we need to “walk the talk.” Be real. Be authentic. Practice what you preach. Have integrity.
God doesn’t expect us to be perfect in order to have a relationship with Him. He desires fellowship with us in spite of our imperfections. However, He doesn’t simply excuse or overlook sin in our lives. Rather, He has made absolute provision for sin.