Scripture Reading: I Samuel 16:14-23
“One of the young men answered, ‘Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him.'” (I Samuel 16:18)
After the Spirit of the Lord departed Saul, he began to have some kind of mental torment. One of Saul’s servants suggested that he find a skillful musician who could play the lyre when he was having one of his times of anguish. The servant thought the music could calm Saul and relieve him of some of his distress. A servant suggested David, the son of David. He had seen David and was most impressed with the qualities of the young man.
The description of David was very appealing to Saul. David was a skillful musician, who was also a man of valor. We know that David was courageous in battle. In fact, he was described as a man of war. He was also prudent in speech and a man of good presence. Obviously God had greatly gifted David.
But what stands out more than anything else in this description is the last phrase — “And the Lord is with him.” It must have been obvious that David was a man of faith. The way he handled himself was evidence that the Lord was with him. Read the Psalms of David. He often referred to the Lord’s presence in his life. David knew that his skills, valor, and abilities came from the Lord’s presence in his life. This is why he wrote these words — “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).
We should be comforted when we realize that the Lord is with us. We are never alone and we have nothing to fear for Christ lives in us — “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
The truth for all believers is that Christ lives in us. He gifts us, strengthens us and empowers us. He will never leave us and therefore we have nothing to fear.
Lord Jesus, how thankful I am to know that You are with me. In fact, You live in me! I am never alone. I have nothing to fear. You are my strength, my hope, and my Savior who loves me and who gave Yourself for me. Whenever I feel alone, remind me of Your presence. Whenever I get overwhelmed with life, enable me to know of Your strength. I find great joy and peace when I am aware of Your presence in me. May others know that You are with me by the way I live.
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