Tozer Devotional

Sun, May 27, 2018

David's Power Source

What made David run? What makes the child run and shout with glee on a summer morning? What brings the lover to the door where his beloved dwells? David was a God-intoxicated man. He had gazed on God until he was enraptured and that rapture he could not always contain. While still a young man, in the presence of the holy Ark he let himself go in an ecstatic dance that delighted God as much as it outraged the coldhearted Michal.

For many years I had loved the Psalms of David before I knew why. I had returned to them again and again, almost I might say more than to any other portion of Scripture, and I chided myself for this preference for after all I was a New Testament believer and the Psalms belonged to the Old. Then one day I read a sentence from a little book by Horatius Bonar. It said simply, "The Spirit of Jesus dwells in the Psalms." Then I knew and was satisfied.

David in the Spirit knew and communed with the One who was to be his son according to the flesh, "and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead" (Romans 1:4). It was the love of Christ that made David run. "O love of Jesus! Blessed love!"

Verse

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7a

Thought

David waited patiently for the LORD. He delighted in the LORD and committed his way to Him. This was David's power source. It can be ours as well!

Prayer

Lord, I have a hard time being still and waiting for You. I seem to be activity prone and impatient. May I sit still, shut up and wait on You.

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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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