Shepherds watch over the flock - by Vance
Psalm 101Of David. A psalm.
1 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life-- when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. 3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.
4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. 5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure.
6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me.
7 No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
8 Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD.
So many things in Scripture don't make a lot of sense.
God says so many things in life don't make sense except to the One who knows the pages of our days in His Book of Life.
We have to delve into God's Word and really seek Him to see the message.
We cannot dismiss what we do not understand - we seek to Understand.
A doctor I work with says God has taken His Book of Life and encoded it in the things we still no nothing of and written His Book of Life in our DNA.
David wrote so many Psalms. He started out in the fields. Learning how Close Father God was to him even when his own father Jesse would show all of his sons for the anointing of blessing, but not David.
And then David was anointed the King of Israel. Even Samuel was worried about that. David went back to the flocks and protected them from all types of dangers. And praised God - making plans to make his future clean and sparkling to God.
Fame immediately followed. After his own family had scoffed at him with his anointing and pushing his way to the front. Saul was thrilled. And then paused to consider what this meant to an ever increasingly self - sufficient Saul.
David's anointing began to pale. His best friend saved his life and elected to not fall in with David. David's wife scorned him to remain a princess. David was helped by priests - who were killed. Things looked - not that great to say the least. Not your typical Sunday School lesson. The people who ran to help David were the ones the system had not prospered.
David, has spent many, many hours with God and David decided that while this looked without fruit - David would believe God.
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
And David pressed on to spare Saul in a cave and then to acquire two more wives. To find more people don't necessarily make life easier as they were kidnapped by competitors in David's business - being a mercenary for hire. Living in the below ditch in the ground.
David prayed vastly and went on to have the Lord help him to retrieve his family. Doing the best with what was given to him. He had found safe places for his family who did ask him for help. Being a shepherd was not going to work - people expected David to be mighty. And at the time - God had not provided David with herds of sheep but people who were as easy to shepherd as feral cats.
So David went with those who were willing and the families were retrieved. The brave people who had fought to retrieve their families asked David to forget those who would not strive with them. David said no. Which is odd for Psalm 101.
David was to continue to live for many, many years.
David,continued to believe God.
And David did not have a Disney written kingdom start. Saul's concubine's son was crowned and found to be inept. David suddenly had supporters everywhere. Saul's sons were killed by a rival nation and David agreed being prompted by God.
David had mercy on people right and left and then had mercy on Saul's concubine mourning the bones of her children. David was indeed being a Shepherd to Israel in the style of God the Father.
David had reached the point where he could relate. His first wife shunned him and that was one of the few times David was not in the mood to be merciful.
And life propelled forward. David reclaimed lands for his Tribe of Judah and for the first time Jerusalem belonged to Israel. David built his palace outside the gates and walls of Jerusalem, to show his determination that God alone protected him. And also because God says in the Word of God to live upon a hill with a view is a blessing of Heaven.
David must have really wanted a glamorous reward and his reign was to have trouble from there on out.
He ignored God and God sent him the prophet Gad to correct David.
Nathan had more success.
David had known something important - David had not walked alone. God had seen David do what was within his path to do.
I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do
Why Luke 7 tells of the hometown Jesus lived in -
When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
David had believed God.
David believed that God's Word was good.
David knew God loved him and acted upon this belief.
David had sins, weaknesses and flaws.
David wanted to please God.
And in his life of difficulty, glory, sin, trial, joy, and belief.
God Loved David.
Father God, Your way is perfect: The LORD's word is flawless. Jesus is our perfection and our Savior. Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Father God You are the standard of perfection. And we have not found a Savior who does deal with our flaws and sins in wisdom, righteousness, immovable, vast Love.
When we pray we are not asking You to bend down to us, but to lift our prayers for ourselves and the ones we love Up to Your Will. Knowing that our hopes and desires will be heard and that Your will for our lives is Good. A Hope and a Future. That the journey will have difficulties and we lift that up to You. In Your Good Will. In Jesus, Amen.
Thank You, Jesus Christ Our LORD!
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †