By William Oldham
“…This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone…” 2 Samuel 7:8-9 The Lord spoke these words to David after he became king over Israel.
I want to focus on those nine words the Lord spoke concerning David’s life up to that point: “…I have been with you wherever you have gone.” David was thirty years old when these words were spoken. These words take us back to when David was a boy taking care of his father’s sheep. What we know of those days concerns how bravely David protected his father’s sheep; listen to David’s own testimony when he was speaking to King Saul:
“I kept my father’s sheep. When a lion or bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.” 1 Samuel 17:34-35
We know the rest of the story. David spoke these words as the giant Goliath was speaking fear into the hearts of the Israeli army. David would later go out to confront Goliath, armed only with a slingshot and five smooth stones; and with one stone, guided by the Lord, it became a missile that brought the Giant down and killed him. The young shepherd boy had bravely gone out and confronted the giant with these words:
“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45
David was an immediate hero to Israel and became a mighty warrior in the army, drawing much praise from the people. This aroused jealousy in the king which turned into hatred. Out of that hatred came the desire to kill David, and until he died, Saul, with his army, chased David throughout the land, seeking to kill him. But the king never succeeded in his evil plan because the Lord was David’s Shepherd, wherever he went. In the end, the Lord made David the shepherd of Israel.
The Lord has made Jesus Christ our Shepherd. Believers in Him are called sheep and He is called the Shepherd. Listen to Jesus’ words:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep…My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” John 10:11, 27-29
Jesus indeed laid down His life on the cross for sinners so that they might live forever. The Devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking to devour the Lord’s sheep. 1 Peter 5:8
Christians encounter that roaring lion all through their life. That lion has many faces, but most often, looks like a giant. He appears in times of broken and troubled relationships, hardships relating to having a job, health issues that bring fear of imminent death, social issues, financial issues, and then the sorrow and heartbreak of the loss of loved ones.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all…the angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. O taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34
The Devil is always tempting and trying God’s saints sorely, but thank God, in Jesus Christ, we have the victory, we shall overcome! Through it all, we shall at last stand on Mount Zion, ruling and reigning with King Jesus, for, through it all, He is with us, wherever we go!
Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org