Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can hardly move!” he exclaimed, and took them off again. Then he picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag and, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, started across to Goliath. I Samuel 17:38-40
All of Davids experience with fighting was done in his own shepherds garb. Unencumbered by these strange and heavy things that King Saul tried to put on him, he was able to take down Goliath with a smooth stone and a slingshot. How often have we tried to do what was asked of us in someone else’s attire?
It was Davids obedience to his earthly father that positioned him to do something for his Heavenly Father. When Jesse called David out of the sheepfold to deliver food to his brothers and get news on the war, he went as he was. He didn’t make excuses, ask for confirmation from his friends, say he was overqualified for such a task. No, he just went and did what his father asked of him.
We can take a lesson from David about obedience and servant-heartedness. Although he was anointed king, he never thought of himself higher then anyone else. Just as Jesus humbled himself and became a servant all the way to the cross, David had surrendered to the plan and purpose of his Father God.
Have you surrendered to Gods plan for you or do you still have your own agenda? A servant is always tuned into their masters voice. Each command is obeyed, each duty performed with excellence. There is no other option for those who truly love God and are called to His purpose. If you haven’t heard the call, you aren’t truly listening because He has commissioned us all to go and tell, to love and heal, to forgive and serve.
What great adventure do You have for me today, Father? I sit before You asking that You find pleasure in my service today. I put on my garment of praise, my smile and my song and I join the ranks of all your servants who are rooting out evil and doing good in the earth. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.