WEDNESDAY 4 November, 2015
Standing Before God
“Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the Lord said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.’” - 2 Samuel 5:2
This is really amazing to me. For seven years, these people followed Abner and Saul’s son Ishbosheth, but then they realized who was really anointed by the Lord. It was God who called David to be a shepherd over His people. David did not raise himself up; God did it.
I do not know if you understand what a shepherd is; he is gentle and watchful, concerned and always watching over his flock. He has such a love for the sheep—a love of the people—that he is their defender. He is willing to give up his life for them; because he is serving the Lord.
A shepherd has to lead and feed the flock. A pastor or shepherd has to feed the flock the Word of God, but first the shepherd has to hear from God; they are connected with God. If they are preaching and teaching the people but they are not connected to God, they are wasting your time.
As Christians, what is truly amazing is that we have the privilege of standing before God; we are able to pray and communicate with Him. Think about it. God has anointed each one of us individually. David was just a common person like you and I; he was a shepherd boy. Look at your own life. Look at the grace of God in your own life. God does not make mistakes.
Man is at his greatest and highest when, upon his knees, he comes face to face with God.
~D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones~
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