There was a time in the life of king David after he had ascended to the throne of Israel, that he desired to build a House for the Lord. The Prophet Nathan had told him to go ahead and fulfil the desire of his heart.
But hardly had the Prophet left king David that the Lord directed him back to the palace, to tell David not to build the House for Him. David had been a man of war from the time when he was a teenager. He had fought all kinds of battles for the Lord. And he had won them all. The Lord had been so pleased with David, even while he was on the run for his life while being pursued by Saul.
However the Lord did not want him to build the House for Him, because of the bloodsheds that had occurred during those battles. The Lord wanted the Temple to be built at the time of peace and prosperity in Israel. And by the time David got to throne he had increased and prospered tremendously by faith in the grace of the Lord. He successfully set everything up for his son (Solomon), who eventually built the Temple in a time of peace.
The scriptures says about David:
“So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him. .. So David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.”
II Samuel 5:10, 12 NKJV
The success of king David was unmatched in Israel. He had set a record of success that no other king could ever match in Israel, because his heart was right before the Lord.
This type of attitude that was in David towards the Lord, can open the door of God’s favor for anyone today into His presence. When a man’s attitude is not right before the Lord, he will be struggling to have success in life. He will start doing many things in the flesh, so as to achieve success in life, without ever getting it.
Christians who are not walking in the right attitude before the Lord, are often the targets of the enemy within Churches. They are vulnerable to being oppressed with all types of demonic activities, like gossiping, pride and the list goes on.
It’s interesting to note that even certain people who are not Christians are prosperous in what they are doing, because they do have the right attitude in those very things that they are doing. They don’t gossip about others in their business dealings, they are not allowing self ego or the pride of this world to affect them in business; yet they are not even Christians.
And there are those who have been successful in life, but without the peace of God to garrison over their hearts. And because they do have no peace they can’t please God, no matter how hard they are trying.
Cultivating the right attitude in our relationship with God, the Father opens His floodgate of goodness into our lives. What is your attitude before the Lord in the things that He has called you to do for Him?
The right attitude will bring His presence into everything that you may be doing for Him now. When your attitude is right towards the most important things to the Lord, His presence will shine across your pathway in life and the ministry.
The Lord had promised king David through Prophet Nathan that, his descendants would sit on the throne of Israel as kings for ever. The attitude of David as he ascended to the the throne of Israel, and increased in the grace of the Lord made the Lord to favor him in this way.
If you want the favor of God in whatsoever you are doing, you will need to begin by doing that very thing for His glory alone. Put yourself out of the way for God’s glory to be revealed in your life. Stop trying to build an image for yourself in the ministry. It’s one of the most ungodly attitude that has destroyed many people in their calling. Let Jesus alone be exalted as you are saving the lost, healing the sick and delivering the captives. Begin to humble yourself before Him and watch Him lift you up.
Remember that Abraham became a Friend of God because of his right attitude of faith before the Lord (James 2:23). Samuel heard the voice of God to walk and live by faith in leading His people (Israel), because he was humbled with the right attitude before the Lord while serving under Eli (see 1 Samuel 3).
The Lord will always walk with those who have the right attitude before Him. If your attitude is not right before the Lord in the things that He has called you to do, you surely do know it. You don’t need a Prophetic word from the Lord about it. So stop deceiving yourself that you need a prophetic word from the Lord. You don’t need a word from the Lord, but to repent before Him and change your ways by cultivating the right attitude of faith before Him.
The Lord must have been giving you warning signs to change in your attitude. But if you are ignoring His warning signs, it’s going to cost you a lot of sufferings, which you can easily avoid now by repenting today.
David’s right attitude before the Lord paid off for him. He was given numerous opportunities to destroy his enemies. But instead of destroying them David revealed the character and the nature of God to them, by loving them. To the extent that one day Joab, the commander of his army became very angry with him.
As the Bible says:
“Then Joab came into the house to the king, and said, “Today you have disgraced all your servants who today have saved your life, the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives and the lives of your concubines, in that you love your enemies and hate your friends. For you have declared today that you regard neither princes nor servants; for today I perceive that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died today, then it would have pleased you well.”
II Samuel 19:5-6 NKJV
David loved his enemies even though he was a man of covenant in his attitude with his friends. He loved those who were not in any covenant relationship with him or with the Lord. It was this type of attitude that endeared the Lord towards him. God’s presence was opened to him, because He saw a man that could be used to save the world in the gene of David – Jesus.
But when the word of the Lord came through Nathan to him, David was caught by surprise with this eternal promise from the Lord. He did not know how to respond to the promise of the Lord. He nevertheless decided to pour out his heart before the Lord about it.
David then went into the Tabernacle just to be in the presence of the Lord and fellowship with Him.
Taking the pathway into His presence
This had been a normal practice of David from his youth. He had always practiced the presence of the Lord, even before he had killed Goliath. The presence of the Lord was with him as a young shepherd boy.
That was how God’s wisdom flowed through him in the decision making processes, as the leader over God’s people.
But on this particular occasion the Bible says:
“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?”
II Samuel 7:18 NKJV
David was not seeking guidance from the Lord, as shown here in what he did. He was not in need of a word of wisdom or anything else from the Lord. He just wanted to be in the presence of the Lord. He wanted to enjoy His presence and fellowship with Him.
His posture before the Lord as the Bible mentioned above, is the posture of a man who was engaged in conversation with another Person. He wanted to talk face to face with the Lord about what he had heard from Him.
As Christians we need to be practicing what David did here. David was not asking the Lord for anything. Are you the type of Christian who remembers to go before the Lord, only when in need of something? And after you have prayed, your attitude is like that of the man who always says: “Bye bye God. I will see you next time.” God is not “your vending machine”. He is a real Person, who wants to talk and fellowship with you as David did here.
There was never a time in the life of David when he had to ask God for the resources to do anything for the Lord. Yet he was very rich in all things (Romans 8:32). He started very low in life (1 Samuel 22:1-2), but the Lord had increased him more and more, because of his right attitude towards riches and wealth.
On this occasion he had no prayer need, no petition or request to make before the Lord. He was just fellowshipping with the Lord while sitting in His presence.
David was relaxing and resting in the presence of the Lord, as he sat before Him. He was having a heart to heart conversation with the Lord, by just pouring out of his heart with spoken words before Him.
He was not moved by the other things which could had been happening around him, as the leader of God’s people. David emptied himself of all the affairs in the palace and his nation, just to focus on his personal time of fellowship with the Lord.
Are you a Christian leader? This example of David before the Lord is important for you to be emulating, so that His wisdom will continually flow through you in leading the people of God.
The wisdom of the Lord can be made available to you without asking for it, if you are more focused in His presence, during your time of fellowship with Him. Your ability to fellowship with Him is more important, than the problems and challenges, that the enemy has brought before you; so as to distract your attention away from the Lord.
The Lord will guide you supernaturally in your decision making processes, if you are tarrying more in His presence. Are you finding the time during your daily schedules to tarry in His presence? His presence is more important than anything else that you are concerned about right now. You can’t lead and guide God’s people effectively, if you are not taking time out to be in His presence.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with the daily challenges of the ministry, and yet miss out of the presence of the Lord. I personally had been there before, until the Lord rebuked me one day, and I had to straighten up before Him. It’s so easy to get used to doing the normal daily routines, without the word of God to guide you. But the results will be a disaster for you, if you are doing the things of God’s Kingdom in such a manner.
God is Theocratic and not democratic
Moses had told the Lord as he prepared to lead Israel from mount Sinai into the promised land:
“ .. See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.”
Exodus 33:12-15 NKJV
Moses was faced here with the challenge of leading a people, that had been known to rebel against the Lord. The responsibility was enormous and Moses knew that he could not do it alone without the Lord.
The Lord then promised Moses that His presence would always be with His people. A good rest was then guaranteed in God’s presence for Moses as the leader of Israel.
Moses was looking for an associate leader in the ministry. But the Lord told him that His presence was enough for him. He did not need another person to assist him. That was how he led the Israelites successfully through the wilderness. God’s presence led and guided him to success.
A good Christian leader leads from the presence of the Lord, instead of through the committees or the boardrooms’ rigorous decision making processes. He hears from the presence of the Lord and gives instructions to the people of God, about what the Lord wants them to be doing. There is no room for any argument or discussion about the will of God, for as long as the Lord has spoken. Things must get done, because God says so.
The members don’t get to decide or vote about the will of God. God’s presence is always there for them to know, what He wants them to do always. If the people were to be deciding or voting about the will of God, they surely will vote you out and get you out of God’s will.
Be very watchful and very careful about trying to practice democracy in the things of God. God is not democratic. He is Theocratic. So start setting out the time now in the midst of this pandemic to fellowship more with Him.
Oftentimes the wisdom of God are being drowned, through those decision making processes in the boardrooms, committees and general meetings. The devil and the flesh has a way of getting into the plan of God, through the politics of division that they often get into in their deliberations.
What is meant to be a Christian decision making process, often ends up becoming like the world’s system decision making process, with all kinds of in fighting and sides taking that the devil uses, to create divisions and get them out of the will of God to save souls, heal the sick and deliver the captives.
They end up with decisions based on the wisdom of this world, and not of God’s. And in most cases they are being guided by their flesh in making such decisions. This happens when those in leadership positions, are not taking enough time to be resting in God’s presence.
Moses told the Lord that if His presence would not go with the people, he was not going to move an inch from mount Sinai. And the Lord honored his request.
Are you the leader of the people of God? Don’t let the influences of men push you away from God’s presence, with all the crazy things that the enemy has orchestrated during this pandemic.
This is a critical moment for you in your ministry, when you need God’s presence more than anything else. It will help you to be focused on the purpose and mission of Jesus to save the lost, heal the sick and deliver the captives. The end of the earth is waiting for you.
Before you “go ye to the end of the earth” as the pandemic ends, start cultivating the right attitude of resting in God’s presence today. He wants to fellowship with you more than ever before. He wants to talk with you face to face. He wants to show you great and mighty things, that you have never seen before; which lies ahead of you in the nations. Welcome into His presence!