Tozer Devotional

Sat, May 26, 2018

Lessons David Learned

What makes David run?

Because he was God-possessed he could be God-taught. It is scarcely possible to know with any certainty just how great David's educational advantages were, but we may safely assume that he had not much of what we now call formal education. Yet he has taught millions and after the passing of centuries he still keeps school and teaches divine poetry, mystic theology and the art of pure worship to all who have ears to hear.

True, David may have been watching sheep when he should have been in the classroom. That is a guess pure and simple. But it is no guess that he was a student all his days, and neither the care of his sheep when he was a shepherd nor the burden of the nations when he became a king kept him from the purest and noblest of all studies, the study of God. He sent his heart to school to the Most High God, and soon he knew Him with an immediacy of knowing more wonderful than is dreamed of in our philosophies. Jah Jehovah he knew by the Spirit's inward illumination. As the bird knows the thicket where it was hatched or the rabbit the briar patch where it was born, so David knew God with an easy familiarity that was yet sanctified and chastened with godly fear and reverential awe.


Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:2


How much David learned in waiting upon God! Some of those lessons were quite painfull—the Bathsheba and Uriah incident, serious problems with some of his family. Yet there were also those lessons of worship, trust, strength. David worshiped Yahweh in the splendor of His holiness.


Teach me something of the splendor of Your holiness, O God.

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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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