Small Man With A Big Heart

17th May

““Don’t worry about this Philistine.” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” …. “The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

1 Samuel 17:32,37

Goliath, a ridiculously tall and strong leader of the Philistine army, continued to taunt the God of Israel and His people with his threats and brute strength. No-one could defeat this giant. His words filled the people with fear. Even the newly appointed King Saul, didn’t dare to approach Goliath. Yet there was one courageous young man, a shepherd of his father’s flock, David. He chose not to look at the size or strength of his enemy, but rather chose to focus on the strength and size of his God who would help him defeat this almost un-defeatble enemy. Why? Because God had helped him time and time again. He had given him victory over lions and bears when they had tried to attack his father’s flock. David knew that if God had helped him in the past, then God would help him again.

There was and is no secret to David’s boldness. He simply trusted in God because God had helped him so many times before. There was no place for fear in his heart, because he didn’t look at the situation with fear. Rather he knew that God was bigger than his enemy and bigger than his problems. He knew that Goliath could be as easily defeated as the lions and bears he had fought before.

Today, whatever problems or ‘Goliaths’ you are facing, take courage in knowing that God is bigger than them. He has helped us before and will do it again if we just completely and fully trust in Him. God is our Deliverer, Redeemer, Strength and Hope. Through God’s divine help, David defeated the giant. The same God is at hand to help us defeats ours too.

Take Away Our Pride

16th May

Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for it’s mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord – now and always.

Psalm 131

Pride is a destroyer of ambition, a destroyer of hope and a destroyer of God-like character. So what does it mean to be proud? Is it just arrogance or is it more than that. According to John Piper’s commentary on Psalm 131, there are “two kinds of pride – the pride of having and the pride of wanting”1. The pride of having is a boastful, ‘superiority’ attitude where everyone is less than you because you have more. The pride of wanting, is continually craving other’ attention and approval because of your lack. Both are against Godly living. Yet what is our example of humble living? Psalm 131.

David, from the outset in this wonderful psalm, quashes any trace of pride that can manifest itself in one’s life. In his heart, in his eyes (not considering himself higher than he ought to) and in his actions. David’s heart knew that although he was King of Israel, he was still a servant of God. David never let his position cause him to become proud or think he was superior in any way because he knew his position in God. He didn’t think that he was better than anyone else. In addition his actions time and time again proved that he was a servant of God and didn’t expend energy trying to build a reputation for himself.

Yet how could David find victory over pride. The answer is found in verse 2, “I am like a weaned child who longer cries for his mother’s milk”. In other words, David’s fill was from God. David’s contentment and purpose was from God. He contentment came from resting in who he was in God, and not what others thought of him. He was content to just abide in God’s presence, rather than seeking fame or glory. If we read David’s other psalms and the stories about him, we can see frpm his life that his contentment was in the Father….

Let us find our hope and contentment in Him. As we grow in who we are him, pride is shout out. Pride leads to destruction, but contentment in God leads to peace.