Word of Encouragement Worship Devotions

Perspective: The resume of a winner

"David said, 'The Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.'" ~ 1 Samuel 17:37

How is your day going today? Today’s word is going to land in your heart and stay there! I want to encourage you today with a word from the life of David, a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:22) David was a real person with real emotions, real failures, real victories and a very real love for the Lord – just like you and me. But he had something else that many of us struggle with each day: perspective. We all see the events in our lives through our own personal perspectives, that may not be the perspective of another person when they look at the same events.

While you may see yourself as a failure, others may be admiring your courage to keep going. While you may see yourself as fat, others may see you as someone to aim for in their weight loss journey. While you may see yourself as struggling in your faith, someone else may find your very real journey to be inspirational to their own struggles. Perspective. So, how is your day going today? 

For so many people, we look at all the bad things happening or that have happened in our lives – some of it very, very, very evil and terrible – and we use it as an excuse for how we live, or why we fail, or why we can’t move forward. But if you want true victory and freedom in your life, you’re going to have to see the events in your life from a different perspective. This will take time, and effort and real intention in Christ, but you can do it! Take encouragement today, from the life of David:

David, who had never been in a “real” battle, stepped forward with the courage of a true warrior, as one who had fought to the death more than once- and had won. Why? Because he had the courage to see his life differently.

In 1 Samuel 17:34-37 David said to King Saul, Your servant was a shepherd for my father’s flock, and the lion came and the bear, and took a lamb out of the flock. And I went out after him, and struck him, and delivered it out of his mouth. And when he arose against me, I took hold of his beard, struck him, and killed him. Your servant slew both the lion and the bear. And this uncircumcised Philistine will be as one of them, because he has reviled the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.'”

When the people of Israel were faced with the taunting of the Philistine army and Goliath, their 9-ft. giant whose weapon was the size of a tree trunk, even seasoned warriors cowered in fear. However, David, who had never been in a “real” battle, stepped forward with the courage of a true warrior, as one who had fought to the death more than once- and had won. Why? Because he had the courage to see his life differently. Instead of resenting being overlooked and looked down upon, David saw an opportunity to be alone with the Lord and write worship songs. Instead of complaining about how violent and scary and isolated his life had been, alone in the fields as a shepherd, David used his experiences with the lion and bear as a resume to prove why he should be allowed to kill a giant that no one else had the courage to face!

Thought for today

David ran after a bear, beat him to death and got his lamb back. He grabbed a lion by its mane while it was charging at him, and beat him to death too! Alone. No help to be had. Do you realize how many people do not survive attacks from bears and lions, even with weapons? Yet instead of using these stories to explain why he was traumatized, triggered, depressed, filled with anxiety about facing those fields day after day, he instead pushed his way to the front of a crowd of soldiers, past his own mocking older brothers, and used those experiences to make a case for why he should get to now face a giant. Who does that?! A person with perspective. No one saw David as anything special, important or even worth their time and attention, yet David saw himself differently than the world saw himself. He used his scary, life-or-death, kill-or-be-killed trauma and fear to called himself a fighter, a warrior, a conqueror. Now THAT is a person who is ready to slay a giant!! Perspective. Who are YOU? And, how is your day going today?

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