Preparing for Kingship – David

 

There are times when we refer to the first followers of Jesus as ‘The Disciples’. In fact, that is a proper description of every Christian, for it means ‘Learner’. We are not religious people, or women and men who have arrived at some point in life when we know enough to be referred to as Christians. For however long we have been in the process of following Jesus we remain learners. Even the great heroes of the Old Testament, like David, were learners. Our readings this week, all from Psalms written by David, touch on some of the areas in which he was a learner, and perhaps point us in a direction where we can grow in our life of faith as we set out to follow Jesus. It leads us to something more wholesome than a ‘Sunday Faith’; it is a matter of learning and following in the daily routine of life. Even stand-out men of faith such as David had to learn in their experience what it meant to live as people of God, committed to a pathway of obedience through the rough and tumble of real life in difficult times.

 

A Daily Prayer for this week.

 

Heavenly Father, deep down in my heart I acknowledge that I really want to be a follower of Jesus – I want to know Him better, and become more like Him. But I do find it a struggle, and sometimes I even fail to live up to my own hopes and expectations. Please help me on this pathway of learning. Pick me up again when I fall over, strengthen me in times of weakness, and encourage me with glimmers of hope when the way seems dark and strange.

I ask it for your glory, in the name of Jesus my Saviour.  AMEN.


Learn to trust God in times of stress and difficulty.

Read Psalm 3.


Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me.
So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” 

Pause to reflect

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
You are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
I
cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. 

Pause to reflect

I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety,
For the Lord was watching over me.
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies 

Who surround me on every side.

Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God
Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Victory comes from you, O Lord.  May you bless your people
! 

Monday 5th July Daily Notes from The Hub