DEVOTIONAL – SEP 24
GIFT OF GOD
Leslie M. John
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)
David was a good shepherd and saved his sheep from peril and death. In all the wars that he fought it was the hand of God that he saw and he was not hesitant to acknowledge that God was his rock of refuge, and because God helped him he had victories. David humbled himself and said that all things came from God. He set apart huge wealth for the construction of the Temple at Jerusalem. David ardently desired to build a Temple for God, but God did not permit him to build it. The LORD said to David that his son, Solomon, would build the Temple at Jerusalem because David was a man of wars. David acknowledged that he and his people were strangers in the land and they were sojourners, just as his fathers were. He says his days on the earth were as shadow which does not last.
“Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever”. (1 Chronicles 29:10)
King David was blessed by God and he in turn thanks and praises God. This is the first time the God of Israel is addressed as “father”. David blesses God of Israel and wishes that His kingdom, His greatness, His power, His glory, His victory and majesty be for ever and ever. David praises God that the Name of the Lord be exalted as head above all. (1 Chronicles 29:10-15)
In his own life, David saw that both riches and honor come from God, who rules over all. David acknowledges that in the hand of the living God is power and might, and it is He who makes one great, and gives strength to all. He saw in his own life, he defeated Philistine giant Goliath. Before that he killed a lion and a bear to protect his sheep.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd and we are his sheep. We all had gone astray but God had mercy on us. He gave His one and only Son for us that He, who knew no sin may become sin for us in order that we may be redeemed from our sin and have salvation. It pleased the Father to bruise His Son in order that we may by accepting Him as Lord have everlasting life.
“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls”. (1 Peter 2:25)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23)