Unspeakable Joy Devotional

1.19 Twenty19

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“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him”.  Colossians 3:17

Saul was the king of Israel, but because of his continued disobedience to God, God withdrew His spirit from Saul.  God would choose another king.  1 Samuel 16:7-13 “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.  Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel.  But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either”.  Jesse then had Shammath pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one”.  Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these”.  So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have? “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep”.  Samuel said, Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives”.  So he sent and had him brought in.  He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features.  Then the Lord said “Rise and anoint him; he is the one”.  So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power”.

David was the chosen King of Israel, the man after God’s own heart.  David was the overlooked son of the family.  Why did God choose him?  David would always do what God said to do.  Obedience to God is what moves mountains.  God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

David was grateful and had a heart for God, he focused on God and not himself.  We tend to be self-centered which hinders our ability to be grateful.  We are more concerned about our own happiness, needs, and desires.  And when our problems are not solved and our desires not met, we are ungrateful because our focus is not on God and His purpose.  We must see God as David, Sovereign, and to understand that we are His servant.

I am thankful today that I live in a country where we are free to worship God.

“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.  O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens”.  Psalm 7:17-18:1

Write down your own prayer of thankfulness today.

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