Personal sharing from 2
Contrary to common understanding, the greatest
singular act that king David ever did was not the defeat of Goliath. Nor his refusal to
kill Saul or the many victories he had won over the Philistines. Instead it was one that
was unseen by any man. Yet it was recorded in 2 Samuel 7:18 "Then king
David went in and sat before the Lord". Though no one sees it; yet it was
recorded. Because the Lord saw it. And this act was the greatest not from mans point
of view but from Gods point of view.
The background to this is itself extraordinary.
King David had actually wanted to build God a house (2 Sam 7:1-17). But Nathan his
pastor/prophet stopped him in his tracks with Gods message "No, you
wont build me a house but Im going to build you one instead". (See
my last article "Confession of a Temple Caretaker") Until then king David
was all out to do something for God. Afterall he is the king. Or is he? Heres
where David missed the point about God. And Im afraid most of us are like him.
There is a word that most people missed when
they read the Psalms. Could it be that this word is too inconspicuous? Or maybe because it
is never included in the main verses of the Psalms therefore we think that it is
unimportant? On the contrary, this word is the key to knowing God and therefore the key to
our Christian life. The word is "Selah". It means to be
still, pause, stop whatever youre doing, to
ponder or simply a musical interlude. And because we missed out this
word, often we missed out God.
And thats what king David did. King David
sat. He selah. This is the single most critical act that David did. The
action that puts him out of action more critical than killing Goliath, more
critical than honoring Saul as Gods anointed or bringing the ark back to Jerusalem.
Its funny how we often think of our response to God as something to be worked at.
Consider this for a moment. And put yourself
in Davids shoes. David is at his prime. 30 years old and his body is lean and ready.
His mind sharply alert, his spirit blazing in worship, he is tested and has matured and
Gods people is behind him 100%. David crowned and enthroned. King David.
Stopping David now would be like stopping a train in full gear. But Nathan managed to do
that. More accurately, David allowed himself to be stopped. And it is here that determine
the kind of king David is to be. He is to be unlike the sort of kings in the neighboring
countries - those that depended on their strength and human insight to get things done
their way. But the king that God has anointed, God has prepared, God
has preserved and God has empowered. The type of king that waited on the
King. Davids kingship is a channel of Gods sovereignty rather than an exertion
of his human will.
What we wont do for God is often more
important than what we in fact do for Him. Since the beginning of time, God has always
portrayed Himself as the Worker. God moving, God speaking, God
forming and God breathing into men. In fact by the time that man was created, the
world was already complete and perfect. Since man was created on the 6th day:
do you realize that Gods 7th day is mans 1st day? And
therefore mans 1st day is a day of rest? And this is to be prophetic
about how we should begin our work with God. It begins with rest. God is the beginning,
the centre and the end of worlds life. But often we are not aware of Gods
action except dimly and superficially. Especially when we are in full possession of our
powers our education completed, our careers in full swing, people admiring us and
recognizing our talents then we think we are ready to do something for God. That is
a myth. The truth is that we are never ready to do anything for God. It is always
doing, God fulfilling and God working out His eternal purposes through and
for us. King David later admitted in Psalm 57:2 "I cry out to God Most High, to
God who fulfills His purpose for me".
Once I had asked my 2 sons to help me wash the
car. It was a decision that I was to regret. And will do so for the next 10 years.
Because ever since, they have never allowed me to wash the car alone. What happened was
that as I was soaping the car at one end they will be spraying the water at the other end.
It will be alright if they had poured the water at the car, but it was everywhere except
the car. Well, we stay in a flat so it means I have to use pails which means that because
of their work, I have more work to do as I have to made more trips to the
water point. The worst came when I tried to water the soap away but they were soaping at
the other end of the car so there was almost no end to it. I learnt 2 lessons that day.
That it is more tiring to work with them than without them. And I could probably do a
better job on my own. But why do I still continue to allow them to wash car with me? The
reason is simple. It is not because I need their expertise. But because I desire their
Likewise with God. If God wants a job done
perfectly, He will do it Himself. But He wants us to work with Him simply because He
desires to fellowship with us. It is one type of fun to roll on the bed with your sons,
but it is another to work with them. Even though you end up doing most of the
work yourself. And thats how I think God would view our work for Him.
Not as a form of repayment to Him but just out having some fun together. And He usually
end up undoing the mess weve started and finishing it all by Himself! For to God, it
is more important to have one son that enjoys Him than to have 100 that have no time for
Psalm 46:10 says "Be still and know
that I am God". I am convinced that apart from being still, we can never know
God. Do not be in the delusion that we can know God in the church or in the cell group or
in the seminars. We attend such meetings as a result of having known God in our daily
"Selah" with Him. You cannot rush God. He wont be rushed. The
quality of our time with Him can only come about with the quantity
of time we spend with Him.
Our Lord Jesus Christ made the same mild rebuke
to Martha thousands of years later. In the same manner that God gave to David. Jesus
rebuked Martha not because the work was not needed, but she had allowed the work of God to
replace God Himself. And God would never allow that. For He is a jealous God.
There is a need for all of us to return to God.
To simply spend time with Him. To sit at His feet. To listen to the sound of His
breathing. Not for some mighty manifestations or some supernatural empowering but to
simply spend time with your Father. To look beyond what His hand can provide and into His
eyes. He is your Shepherd. He is your personal God. For it is during such times, that the
work of God is accomplished. Let us not be like David trying to build a house for God. God
will build His house Himself. We are His house.
Selah. For this is the greatest act any man
can do. Not from mens point of view but from Gods point of view. But
thats whats really matter, right?
His temple caretaker
31 December 1998
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