I saw a statue of a child standing on its father’s shoulders. The plaque says: “The reason the present generation can see so far is because it is standing on the shoulders of the former generation.” (attributed to Sir Isaac Newton) The coming generation should be launched from a point of purposely given advantage. They shouldn’t have to dig themselves out of a hole. (1K.2:12)
David not only loved his son and wanted to be assured that he would have a relationship with God but David also loved what God loved: Israel. He wanted to be assured that the presence of God would be in the midst of Israel. There was a nation at stake and David facilitated its preservation. In preserving his family, David preserved a nation. (1K.2:12)
David developed in Solomon a love of God and a love of worship and a fear of God. Solomon grew up on a steady diet of worship. His father sang songs to the Lord that came up out of his spirit. His father didn’t need a church service to worship God. He worshipped God unashamedly before the whole nation. Worship was a lifestyle lived out before Solomon. He was accustomed to hearing his father’s voice lifted in praise or in prayer. It was a familiar sound, not a strange one.
I see that! When we hear something or read something and say “I see that” are we “seeing” only in the sense of ocular recognition or mental consent, or are we seeing in the sense of perception for the purpose of application? Does that simply mean that we can see that they have stated a truth or does it actually mean that we can see the value of that truth for our lives and are willing to act on it? Prov.1:1-4 (21st CKJV) ”The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 to know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding 3 to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; 4 to give subtlety to the simple, and to the young man knowledge and discretion.”
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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Kingdom Equipping Congress March 2-4, 2016
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As the people of God assemble today, may they hear wise
counsel taught from the Word of God and from interacting
with the people God and may that counsel save them from
hurt and loss and bring them to resolve of issues.
“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude
of counselors there is safety.” (Prov.11:14, NKJV)
May we allow the Holy Spirit to reason with us when our
buttons get pushed and our triggers are pulled by things
that aren’t even reasonable and may He bring us back to
reason that overcomes.
“I applied my heart to know, To search and seek out wisdom
and the reason of things, To know the wickedness of folly,
Even of foolishness and madness.” (Eccl.7:25, NKJV)