Today’s question: What do you believe is the reason that David came to know God so well at such a young age? It might surprise you that David was probably as young as 15 when God identified him to Samuel as “the one (1 Sam. 16:12 -NKJV).”
Apparently age was not one of God’s criteria for choosing the next king of Israel. When Samuel was being introduced to the sons of Jesse, the Lord told him what He was examining in each one. It was their heart (1 Sam. 16:7). Scripture tells us, For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His… (2 Chr. 16:9). David fit this description.
The evidence is that even at a young age David had a solid understanding of who God was and what He wanted from him. Though we can’t know for sure, David’s encounter with Goliath probably happened no more than three to five years after Samuel anointed him to be Israel’s next king. Listen to the words of this very young man. Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD ‘s and He will give you into our hands (1 Sam. 17:45-47).”
My first thought was that David had this deep knowledge of God because of what happened at the time he was anointed by Samuel – …the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward… (1 Sam. 16:13). But, the same thing happened to Saul as a result of his anointing by Samuel to become Israel’s first king (1 Sam. 10:6). They each received the Spirit of the LORD for empowerment to be an effective king. David understood and depended on this power. Saul did not!
Speculation is often a waste of time. However, in this case it might be beneficial to speculate on how David came to know God so well at such a young age. My mind keeps coming back to the fact that he was a shepherd. So what? It means that David, as a boy, spent huge amounts of time alone. He was not idle in the sense that he had nothing to do. Guarding the sheep and periodically moving them to another pasture were important responsibilities. However, he had large amounts of time to think, pray and in his case – play and sing music.
You might not have noticed, but Scripture and history have many examples of people who gained a close relationship with God by spending large amounts of time alone – away from the “noise” of society. Let me recommend a “search” on Google or Amazon for: “The Desert Fathers.” In the Bible:
- Moses – the second half of his 80 year preparation to lead Israel out of Egypt was spent on the backside of the desert tending his father-in-law’s flocks.
- Paul – much of his 13 year preparation for his four missionary journeys was spent alone in the Arabian desert.
Does any of this relate to how you might come to know God more? One example: how many hours do you spend driving to work each week or month? Could you turn the radio/CD player off and spend the time talking with God? One thing I have definitely learned over the last 15 years in ministry sessions watching several hundred people receive truth from the Holy Spirit – God wants to be a part of everything in which you are involved!
Here’s your next question: What was God’s purpose in establishing the nation of Israel? Here’s a link for those of you who might not have a Bible at your finger tips: www.BibleGateway.com. Praying that you will allow the transforming power of His Word into your heart!!!!!
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