“Behaved himself wisely.”
David, as a young man, was chosen by the Lord to replace Saul as King. Saul hadn’t made it through his first battle, before disobeying and disappointing the Lord.
Samuel, mourned for Saul, the Lord told him He had rejected Saul, stop mourning and go find a new King.
” I have provided me a king,”
We know David was a “man after Gods own heart.”
One of the ways we see that played out is:
“He behaved himself wisely.” This phrase is written 4 times in 1Samuel 18 alone.
” David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely:
David had slain Goliath, had been splitting his time between home and Sauls service. He is now full-time in the Kings Court. He plays to calm Saul when he is troubled by an evil spirit from the Lord.
Saul made him head of the army, sent him into battle, hoping he would be killed.
Deuteronomy: 7. 6. For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
Do you believe that? Has the Lord chosen you? Are you holy? Special, above all people?
Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. The promises of God are yes and amen.
You are the beloved, a gift beyond great price.
Are you living up to His expectations? I know I am not. He desires me to be Holy, I am, only by His blood. He chose me, only because of His love and mercy.
I am special only by His grace.
In 2 Kings 13 we have Elisha on his death bed instructing Joash, the King of Israel. Shoot an arrow out the window. The arrow of the Lords deliverance. …to mark victory over enimies.
Then he had him hit the ground with the arrows. …he smote the ground thrice. Elisha was upset, “You should have smote the ground 5 or 6 times, then you would have consumed your enimies. ….now you will only have victory twice.
How was he to know? He wasn’t. The lesson for us is to do whatever we do with our whole heart and soul.
The way to please the Lord and gain victory over sin and death is to seek the Lord, determine in our hearts to love, honor an obey the Lord. Be set apart, dedicated to His service, open to His directions, protection and inspiration. To do all with all and above all for Him.
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