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MONDAY 06 MAY 2024

Indeed, the Lord Himself orchestrated the greatness of His beloved servant, David, for the Bible says, "Then the Lord said, 'Rise and anoint him; this is the one.' So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David..." (1st Samuel 16:12-13 NIV).

Reference: 1st Chronicles 17:28-29 New International Version (NIV)

"You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever."

Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and interestingly, an evil spirit from the same Lord tormented him. For this reason, they searched for someone who could play the lyre, which was David. They described him as "son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre; a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on Saul, and he will feel better." David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, "Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him."

So it was not long before David was connected to Saul in Service. From that day, Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. Jonathan, the King's son, made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul's officers as well. Despite his royal connections and a title that could open any door in Israel, Saul's fear of David started growing greatly.

Why did Saul become afraid of David? He suddenly became afraid of David, because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul. So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns. Yet, in everything David did, he had great success, because the Lord was truly with him. When Saul saw how successful David was becoming, he was afraid of him. The significant story of this young man, David, was in the making, authored by God Himself, and so, his greatness kept unfolding with a resonating acuity that later denoted a legendary narrative of Israel's second King in the high society surrounded by God's own people.

Beloved, what has God promised you which is yet to overt in reality? What are you doing about it? Don't ever bury it in a state of quietude and unbelief. Regardless of any contrary circumstances, take it seriously, for God has assured that He would strengthen and help you, upholding you with His righteous right hand (see Isaiah 41:10 NIV). Therefore, let there be a daily and constant increase of an inward assurance, merged with confident hardiness and configured enthusiasm from within - by allowing the Word of God to impart constant alacrity for the expected fulfilment into your inward being, and sustain you with the hopes of the manifestation, as you cogitate on and dictate the wordings of the promises, regardless of any trials and dismay.

To that effect, I will leave you with this Scripture: 'For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord," plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future' (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). Stay tuned for part 5. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Psalm 24:4-5; Matthew 7:7; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Colossians 1:10. 

Guided Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I thank you because of your fulfilled love and promises in Christ, a mystery that deeply dwells in me. I have found a place in your greater plan, where I am fitted and grounded to receive the unending light of your ample goodness, just as your continual upliftment remains a function of my goodly heritage and godly lifestyle in Christ, in Jesus' Name, Amen.


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