Lent Day 13: Who is David?
Luke 3: 31 “the son of David”
His name means ‘beloved’. He was the second king of Israel and alongside Moses the leading figure in the Old Testament. He is found in the gospels because of his Messianic title no less than 35 times. In Acts 10 times, Romans 3 times. He is in 2 Timothy, Hebrews on 2 occasions and in Revelation 3 times. David is important!
Jesus is known as the Son of David, born in the city of David, Bethlehem. He is the new King of the Jews who would shepherd Israel.
John 7: 42 “Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?”
Maybe today you could do what I have done and read Psalm 59. It is a song that David wrote recollecting his thoughts of the time in 1 Samuel 19 when Saul sent men to capture him and he fled and escaped through a window and went to Samuel.
David knew that if he just remained the armour bearer and personal musician for Saul he would not do so for much longer. But by escaping, his life became really under threat, for Saul seemed to want to do nothing but kill him.
David made things worse for himself by escaping that night. But he also discovered that he could:
- Know HIS Confidence v8
David knew that God was going to win against every evil individual, gang or nation that ever rose up to try to defy him. God knows He will win the war. God is totally and perfectly confident in every situation.
The first step in surviving is to know what God knows. To know that He knows He cannot be beaten or overcome or defeated at any time, in any place. It’s never happened in the past and it will never happen in the future. Even when it looks like it will happen, when Jesus His Son is dying on the cross, it looks like God has been defeated, but then lo and behold 3 days later at his resurrection we find that it was actually God’s plan all along for the bringing about of salvation for all who believe.
2, Know His Character v16
‘for you are’. David knew who God was. He lists 12 characteristics of God, he did it because he knew each one of them in a personal way and would do so the remainder of his life.
He is our defender v1. Throughout his life David would know God as a deliverer. He delivers us from the attacks of unbelief, depression, purposelessness, fruitlessness and all sin.
He is our protector v1. The Bible declares God to be the defender of His people. Psalm 20:1 May the name of the God of Jacob protect you. There is protection in the proclamation of His name.
He is our Saviour v2. A Saviour is one who intervenes, who steps in and rescues from either physical or spiritual suffering.
He moves v4. Is 60:1 Arise shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Be ready for a visitation from God time after time. Not once in your life but numerous, countless occasions.
He sees v4. He is not blinded, nor ignorant to your situation. He knows because He can see it.
He is a fortress v9. The Hebrew definition for the word ‘fortress’ is: a net to capture, a fastness, a fortification, a castle, a fortified city. God provides safety and security from the attacks of the enemy.
He is loving v10. 1 Jn 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us.
He is a shield v11. God wants to shield all His people from the devils schemes. But we must allow Him to be our shield.
He is mighty v11. God is an immoveable, all-encompassing foundation for a person’s past, present and future life. He is mighty to save and mighty to keep. Psalm 91 tells us there is a rest in the shadow of the Almighty God.
He is a ruler v13. The Bible describes God as ruling over heaven and earth and over His people. From the beginning he called for man to rule with him and like him.
He is the Strength v16. God does not want us to faint in the heat of the battle. God wants to be the strength of our spiritual, domestic, emotional and moral lives.
He is a refuge in times of trouble v16. Whenever we are feeling oppressed or suffering from the attacks of the fire there is a place of relief from distress and affliction.
Deliverer, protector, Saviour, one who moves, one who sees, a fortress, loving, a shield, mighty, ruler, a strength, a refuge. This is His character and this is what gives us confidence!!
We truly are the beloved of God!