DAVID’S COURAGE

AB GreggAs we continue to look into the life of David anointed king in waiting, my brothers and sisters let us look into our own lives and see what is the purpose of God for us. As long as you walk in the will of God there you will find your purpose and understand why we are here and for what reason. How we are going to fulfil this perfect and acceptable will of our Father. So, we praise the Lord my brothers and sisters of the Mystical Order. Truly God has called us to a place where He wants to position us for His soon return.

David’s courage and bravery that day affected Jonathan deeply; he was moved to love him as much as his own life. He realized that they shared much in common in the areas of courage, bravery, strength, loyalty, trust and faith in God. From that day forward, they were best friends. Jonathan was moved to the point of giving David some of his treasured items: his robe, sword, bow and belt, and even his armour. Those were very precious to Jonathan and yet, he parted with them. How many of us have given to others things or gifts of great significance to us? Those were gifts preparing David for the throne which Saul was about to give up. Don’t mess with the will of God and His anointing.

Jonathan and David’s bond was so strong that they promised to never let anything come between them. Yet Saul, upon hearing the people praise David in singing, “Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousand,” sought to kill David from that day forward. I want you to see how jealousy has played itself right into the picture again. I have written a message on “COALS OF JEALOUSY” and published on 9/07/2014. Maybe you should read it again

But Jonathan’s love for his friend only grew. Many times he interceded for David, warning him that his father was seeking to take his life. Jonathan urged his father not to do this, saying in I Samuel 19:4-5, “Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been towards you very good: for he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: you saw it, and did rejoice: wherefore then will you sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?” Hallelujah and today we see the same thing happening around us. This what we are seeing is real friendship and strong courage for David.

Jonathan warned David and intervened on his behalf so often that he put his own life in danger, one time narrowly escaping death at the hand of his father. He even risked his life by travelling a great distance to see David in hiding, knowing that his father surely had spies watching every move. And he did this even though he was aware that David would ascend to the throne in his place. Understanding that he must decrease while David increased, he pledged to stand loyally beside him. No one wants to test their responsibilities for the way forward. Everyone wants to climb over the shoulder of another to reach their goals. They are like spies for themselves going nowhere.

Think how easy it would have been for Jonathan to go along with his father’s plotting, giving in to carnal nature and lust for power. It would have been easy for him to fall into the same attitudes as Saul, to have a bitter state of mind, saying, “It is not fair, God! Why should I be punished just because my father messed up?” Instead, he not only accepted God’s decision, he became best friends with the man whom his own human nature would have considered his rival! In all of this, he showed great loyalty not only to David but also to God and His will. In a way, Jonathan showed allegiance to his father as well, preventing him from committing a terrible murder.

Likewise, David was loyal to Saul and Jonathan. During the many times that Jonathan and David were alone, it would have been very easy for David to give in to his human nature and kill a potential rival. Even when presented with the opportunity to sneak up on Saul (the very one trying to murder him) and kill him, David restrained himself. David well remembered the covenant made with his best friend, recalling the words Jonathan spoke:David said that he did not put Saul in position to remove him. God had anointed Saul for that mission and only God had the power to remove him. So my brothers and sisters be very careful when you step out of your boundary. Despite the departure of the spirit of God, Saul was still anointed. 

“And you shall not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not: but also you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever: no, not when the LORD has cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth” (I Sam. 20:14-15).

Even though David had been anointed king, he still showed high respect for Jonathan, even to the point of bowing before him three times. So great was his love that, upon the news of the deaths of Saul and Jonathan, he composed a lamentation called the “Song of the Bow” and instructed that it be taught to the children of Judah. What a wonderful display of true friendship, when so many would have rejoiced at the death of rivals. So we must study to walk in the vocation wherein we are called and be true to the word of Almighty God. Even after Jonathan died, David kept his promise to show kindness to his friend. He searched out Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth and provided for him the rest of his life.

Take warning and do the right thing.

Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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