As the people of God assemble today
may they not be afraid of the terror
by night nor the arrow that flies by
day and may they not rehearse those
matters but rather encourage one
another and say that the Lord is our
Refuge, our Fortress, the One we lean
on and confidently trust in. (Ps.91:2)
After a time of worship alone on the hillside, David’s praises, and prayers, were to be heard publicly. They blessed those who heard them and who joined in the voicing of them. Perhaps the greatest blessing to others was the recognition of the relationship that existed between God and a true worshiper. Parrots are cute when they mimic but are not necessarily a blessing. Though David’s praises and prayers contained adjectives and descriptions of God learned from youth, he still put heart and soul into praising the Lord who is “my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Ps. 18:1-2).
As a mere boy David was anointed by one of the most powerful and effective prophets of all time. He was anointed, not to be pageboy, not to be the king’s confidant but to be king. But a few short years later he is standing in a cave shaking his head …. totally confused. This seemingly misplaced shepherd cries: Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life (Ps 142:4, NIV). But that was not the end of the story. That scenario certainly didn’t consume most of the pages of the book about David’s life. We also must read all the many, many pages which tell about all the battles David won. As he dances before the ark of the Lord while it is being brought to Zion (2Sam 6:14), they have come too late to tell him God does not make a way for those whom He calls. Scoffers have come too late to tell David God is not faithful, that God does not bring to victory those He ordains.
(This is the tenth excerpt from Marty Gabler’s article “Too Late“ which was published in SEEC Magazine -Volume 4 Issue 5 [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page. Marty is speaking at Kingdom Equipping Congress 2016–March 2.)
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