“And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel” (1 Chronicles 14:2, NASB95).  

 

These are happy times for David.  He is on the ascendancy.  The Lord is with Him.  As a type of His greater Son, His kingdom is flourishing.  All His enemies are falling before Him in defeat.

In that sense, of course, we are not David.  We are not types of Christ.  But we are His members.  His fullness dwells in us.  He rules everything in heaven and on earth for our good and His glory.  He is the first cause of everything good in our lives.

We cause ourselves much distress when we forget this.  Everything we have comes from Him.  He is the one who has made us who we are and placed us where we are.

I am reminded of John the Baptist's words to his worried disciples. You remember the context in John 3: the crowds are forsaking the Baptist in favor of Jesus.  In response to fretting man-centeredness, John wisely replies, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven” (John 3:27, NASB95).

How does this principle challenge you this morning?  Where do you wish things were different in your life?  Perhaps your business isn't as successful as you might like it to be?  Perhaps your marriage is difficult, or your children are wayward?  Perhaps your health is crumbling beneath you as your age?  Somewhere in your life, I know one thing is certain: the long, cold, withering shadow of the fall is touching you, and it hurts.

To the believer this principle calls us back again to the "Fount of Every Blessing."  We are to seek Him first and His gifts second.  We are to say with the Psalmist, "One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4, NASB95).  It calls us to examine our priorities.  What are we really seeking?  Disappointment is like the honest mirror in the Snow White Story.  "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all."  Similarly, disappointment reveals what's most beautiful to my eye- what it is that I'm really after.  Am I after God, or am I first and foremost after His benefits.

To those who are not yet Christians, this principle calls them to Jesus.  He is God's answer to all the weariness and disappointments of life, east of Eden: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30, NASB95).

More, He is God's answer to the deep brokenness that threatens to suck the life out of every living thing in death: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, NASB95).  He is the only foundation stone for a life that will outlive this life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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