Tozer Devotional

Fri, May 25, 2018

Preoccupation with God

What makes David run? Well, I admit to a wealth of ignorance about the whole thing, but if a New Testament Christian may look at an Old Testament king I venture a few words.

Perhaps David's greatness and his significance for mankind lies in his complete preoccupation with God. He was a Jew, steeped in the Levitical tradition, but he never got lost in the forms of religion. "I have set the LORD always before me" (Psalm 16:8), he said once, and again he said, or rather cried, for his words rise from within like a cry, "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" (42:2).

David was acutely God-conscious. To him God was the one Being worth knowing. Where others see nature he saw God. He was a nature poet indeed, but he saw God first and loved nature for God's sake. Wordsworth reversed the order and, while he is great, he is not worthy to untie the shoelaces of the man David.

David was also a God-possessed man. He threw himself at the feet of God and demanded to be conquered, and Jehovah responded by taking over his personality and shaping it as a potter shapes the clay.

Verse

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

Thought

David concentrated on knowing God. Resulting from that preoccupation was a deep God-consciousness and God-possession. David points the way for spiritual maturity to us all, doesn't he?

Prayer

Father, I would set You before me all through the day and night. I want to sense Your presence.

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“What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.”

A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 9 - What Made David Run?

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