Written on December 18, 2014.
Day 18 – December 18
David was a king that Samuel recognized. He was ever and always after God’s heart. As king, he chose one of his roles to be that of priest, serving in the temple. In fact, many of the Psalms he wrote were from his time ministering to God in there.
Before he ruled a kingdom with crown, he stewarded creation with a staff filling his hand. Trees, rocks, river and breeze were his temple then. Whether surrounded by sheep, lion or giant, God’s heart was his Tabernacle.
It started with a staff, long before there was a scepter. Staff’ is ‘lamed’, which is a letter in the Hebrew alephbet. Actually, it is the central letter of the alephbet and called the heart. It’s pictograph is a shepherd’s staff. Standing taller than the other letters, it means King of Kings and authority. It also means to prompt (or goad) to fulness. The spelling of lamed is seen as an acronym for the phrase la meivin da’at and means, “a heart that understands knowledge.” Concealed revealed. David was definitely that, for he never asked for knowledge, but the understanding of the knowledge of God. His son Solomon asked for the same and was given treasuries beyond imagining. Hmmm, could that be a key to the provision the world so fervently seeks in such impoverished ways. Ask for a heart that understands the knowledge of God and see what immensity will be added unto you. Seek to know Him before all else. That was the heart of the lowly shepherd and the mighty king David. Truly, David never put down his staff.
The number of lamed is twelve, and it’s sum is thirty. David was thirty when he stepped into kingship, just as Jesus was thirty when he stepped into the ministry that demonstrated what being a king really was (and is). I remain astounded that though Pappa comes like a flood, He created a layout with the details of His heart so we are swept away, but not drowned.
Intertwined, braided, woven are our Jesse Tree and Menorah today. The third candle represents the light of HIS presence. Exodus 13:21, 14:9 and 19:20 describe this so well.
By day The Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel by day and night, so they could travel with Him by day and night. The Egyptians – all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops – pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea. Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army withdrew and went behind them. The pillar also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side, so neither went near the other all night long.
A description of not only what David knew, but lived. God’s Presence was a place he could always dwell. It was the place to remain, not visit. A pool to dive into, not a beach to sit on the fringes of. It awes me beyond measure to think that of all the things we were created to complete. One of magnitude so great is His Presence. For His presence isn’t complete if we aren’t in it. Until we dwell there, basked and baked, their is a void that causes an ache in the Presence itself.
Job said in Job 29:2-4:
How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when His lamp shone upon my head and by his light i walked through darkness. Oh for the days when I was in my prime. when God’s intimate friendship blessed (or was) my house.
Job’s lament reveals a truth, our truth. We are primed for His Presence. Never. Ever. Leave.