It’s Friday, Sisterhood!!
I’ve been chewing on a few verses in Psalm 78 this past week. In particular, my favorite verse is the very last one:
“So David shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart; And guided them with his skillful hands.” Psalm 78:72 AMP
A brief look at the whole chapter describes God’s faithfulness to His people despite their continued rebellion towards Him. As I read in verses 67-71, I noticed something interesting. It says that God rejected the tent of Joseph; He did not choose from the tribe of Ephraim. But He chose the Tribe of Judah, whom He loved. And He also chose David His servant to shepherd His people. It’s almost as if there was an expectation for God to have chosen from the family of Joseph. The NLT says ‘He chose instead..David’.
I am tempted to tie in this verse from 1 Cor 1:27, “But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong [revealing their frailty].”
Sisters, I don’t know about you, but that brings so much encouragement to my heart!! I am an ‘instead’ that God chose! However, I’m going to be very careful about saying that David was somehow brought from a lowly position to the highest of positions. Here’s the plot twist of it and what I want you to take away from these verses and especially verse 72: God saw something in David that He hadn’t seen in anyone else-the bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. David was a man of integrity that God knew He could trust to shepherd His people AND David was skilled. David’s skills positioned him to be the solution God was looking for. Notice that King Saul isn’t mentioned here-at all.
Ladies, here’s the challenge for all of us looking to be chosen by God to be a part in ushering in His Kingdom on earth: we must be woman of integrity and skill. Proverbs says it like this: virtuous and capable. We can’t sit on our blessed assurances in our ‘lowly place’ or even settle in our ‘foolishness’ waiting on God to use us to ‘confound the wise’. Are you tracking with me?? What’s in your heart and what are you doing with your hands? I’m convinced, convinced- that God is waiting on His girls to step up to the plate and bring our giftings, skills and talents to the table of influence we are sitting at. We can be a good girl all day long, but what good are we doing?
Praying this word challenged your heart just as much as it did mine, my sisters! Much love to you all <3