Verse Meditation: Psalm 139.12

God’s Light in the Shadows “Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for the darkness is as light with you” (Psalm 139.12). God allowed David to live in the darkness of caves for many years. David ran for his life from King Saul, a reckless leader appointed by God to shape David into a man after His own heart. In the darkness, David poured out his distress to God through music, and he finally came to the understanding that the darkness does not change God’s goodness. King David learned that even in Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Psalm 18.35

Storm Reaction “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great” (Psalm 18.35 NKJV). It seems odd that the terms “gentleness” and “greatness” should be used in the same sentence. God has just rescued David from the murderous hands of King Saul again, and David is singing a Psalm of praise and appreciation to God. Even though David has been promised the throne by God, David must wait many years, hiding and running from his predecessor, before the promise comes to fruition. God has allowed King Saul to Continue reading

Little Revelations: A Sling and God

Often times we expect God to bring our promises into fruition using the most extraordinary resources and in the most trendiest of ways. But our eyes are stuck in the culture of our world, and we forget that Jesus’ trade as a carpenter and His obedience to die a sinner’s death disappointed and confused even his closest of friends. When David fought Goliath, God did not give him Saul’s sword (1 Sam. 17.39) or an iron spear like Goliath’s (1 Sam. 17.7). David took the lowliest of weapons, a sling, and found rocks on the ground. David knew that the Continue reading

Verse Meditation: 2 Samuel 3.36

Stand Firm “All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them” ( 2 Samuel 3.36 NIV). Saul died, and David became the king over one tribe of Israel — Judah. He was king for this single tribe for 7 & 1/2 years. During this time the house of David and the house of Saul fought. The kingship of David became stronger as the kingship of Ish-Bosheth, Saul’s son, became weaker. Finally, Abner, the commander over Saul’s army, decided to help King David reign over all of Israel; but one of David’s leaders killed Abner. David mourned Abner’s death and proclaimed that Continue reading

Verse Meditation: 1 Samuel 29.7

Pregnant with Destiny “Therefore return now, and go in peace, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines” (1 Samuel 29.7 NKJV). God gave David a very precious and profound promise: David would be king over Israel. However, this promise seemed to take forever to come to pass. God put David in the flames of persecution from King Saul in order to purify David’s leadership, life and heart before he became king. David learned to be a king after God’s own heart while hiding in caves with the weight of his growing military on his shoulders. Before David became king–at the climax of King Saul’s Continue reading

Verse Meditation: 1 Samuel 17.55

A Second Glance “When Saul saw David going out against the Philistine, he said, to Abner, the commander of the army, ‘Abner, whose son is this youth?’” (1 Samuel 17.55). It is interesting that Saul did not recognize David. Just a few verses previously, Saul had tried to put his armor on David. When David killed Goliath and started going out after the Philistines, Saul had no clue who the young man was. Maybe David was too far in the distance, so Saul couldn’t see him clearly. No, because Saul’s military leader, Abner, went and fetched David, bringing him face Continue reading

Flask or Horn?

Comparing the lives and actions of King Saul and King David teaches us how to handle the vision/promise God gives us. We all have our “kingdom” that God has prepared for us. We all have our designated territory that we have dominion over. Both King Saul and King David were given the same promise: they were both kings of Israel. However, they each treated this promise very differently. The distinction that occurred in their leadership can be traced to their anointing. Both Saul and David were unexpectedly anointed king by the same prophet, Samuel. Saul was looking for his father’s Continue reading