David is a man after God’s heart. He didn’t care about his life when he faced Goliath. It wasn’t because he was careless, neither was he suicidal, he just loved God too much.
Any man who has enjoyed any favour from God must have abandoned their life. We use to sing a song that “All of you and none of me”. Sometimes the shame of being identified with the Lord holds us back.
The Lord has been speaking to us about the tabernacle of David being rebuilt.
Amos 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
This is the word of the Lord to us. He is saying, in our midst, he would rebuild the tabernacle of David. There were different tabernacles in history but God is particular about the tabernacle of David.
We must see the heart of the Lord towards us this season. God is saying he wants to rebuild in our midst. We need to see who David was and why God chose David.
There were certain things that were in David that wasn’t common to all. It wasn’t just about the throne, or the anointing for kingship; it was about the man. When God told Samuel he has found a man after His heart, he knew what he was saying.
God knew that Abraham would command his household in the ways of the Lord even before Abraham did, and so God blessed him.
Genesis 18:17-19 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
God promised to establish the throne of David forever, meaning David must have been something before God. The spirit on David came upon his men and made them mighty.
One of the things I have been striving for is to take off the cloak of religion. Religion is death. It offers do’s and don’ts without life. When David raised the tabernacle, he didn’t take his cue from the existing structure of the tent that Moses built because deep within him, he knew what God wanted.
A heart that would touch God is a heart that would not stay in the box. Everyone that touched God must have gone beyond formulas. We are a part of the Zion company. We are supposed to be a reflection of God on earth.
David loved God. David worshipped God and he didn’t worship God only in his heart. Worship is bloody. When David worshipped, animals were being slaughtered…songs were being written…all at the same time. My utmost desire is that our worship and not just our songs would ascend before God as a sweet fragrance.
You can’t reason God out. If you always strive to be prim and proper before God, you would miss Him. The wisdom of circumcision is so that we can shed off excess flesh. That was God’s brand of ownership upon a nation.
We are coming to that place where we lose ourselves – losing that sense of worth in self that makes you think, I am something in myself. Do you know that ‘I AM’ is a name that belongs to God alone? So in our journey to God, we must always yield that ‘I AM’ ground.
The end of God’s law in our hearts is to make us an abode for Himself: God’s intention is to find a home in us. Our desire in these times is to come back to that place where our reality as God’s habitation dawns on us.
Sometimes God holds himself back from helping you; He takes you through some horrible pit so as to train you. When David was being led through the wilderness, God was teaching him how to be a king.
David, when he was persecuted in the house of Saul learnt how to be merciful because he was a victim of Saul’s madness. The evil spirit that tormented Saul was for David’s training.
David was battered consistently under Saul but the beauty of that man was that he didn’t allow it to corrupt his heart. Even when he had the opportunity to take the throne from Saul, he didn’t do it because he knew God was doing something higher: God was building him an eternal throne.
We need that type of heart that fears the Lord and honours Him.
David had flaws, but he never denied any of them before the Lord. When God comes to confront certain aspects of your live that is not in righteousness, you must be willing to be reordered by Him.
Your glory is not in yourself. Your glory is the Lord Himself. Our greatest desire is that God will find full expression in us.
God loves us and He wants to come to us. God wants to build in us the tabernacle of David. David knew how to worship God and how to please Him. The tabernacle is the house of God; it is what we offer the Lord when we dwell together.
David wanted to build a house for God and God said no, that his son would build and David agreed with the Lord. When you can’t see what the Lord requires, you can’t give it to Him. When our eyes are turned inward, we become too conscious of ourselves to know what the Lord is saying.
I pray that God would cure us of every blindness. We would embrace the instructions of the Lord and we would grow thereby in Jesus name.
Pastor Robyn Paul