We had our first practice of the worship team last night. The music director instructed me to play the gaps on one song. He wanted a “lead line” that was light and subtle. (Those words have never been used to describe my playing.) I obeyed, but was a little like David sitting on the south side of the Stone of Ezel, (see 1 Samuel 20:41).
The Stone of Ezel
The stone of Ezel pointed the way to a well-traveled road. Ezel means going abroad; walk, see biblestudytools.com/dictionary/ezel/.
David was sitting on the warm, south side of the stone of Ezel. Do you know what was south of it? Bethlehem. David was looking toward home.
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He even started walking home. He crossed the Kidron Valley and went to Nob. There God equipped him.
1 Samuel 21:6, “The priest said, ‘The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah, is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it. For there is none other but that here.’ And David said, ‘There is none like it. Give it to me.’ ” Modern English Version
- It was the sword of his greatest enemy, Goliath, (see 1 Samuel 17:1-54).
- It was the sword of his greatest victory.
- It was the largest sword in the land; Goliath was 9′ 9″.
- It was given to the Lord and stored in the temple.
- It was behind the anointed ephod.
Years had passed since David killed Goliath. He was now fully grown and married. He was strong enough to wield a sword built for a giant.
God loves the smell of fresh bread! He instructed the priests to place loaves of freshly baked bread on a table in the temple daily. God gave him a dedicated sword and fed him and his men with holy bread, (see 1 Samuel 21:6).
Next to Nob is the Mount of Olives. The Garden of Gethsemane is on the slope of the Mount of Olives facing Jerusalem. That was where Jesus lay down his will and went to the cross. David lay down his will, too. He didn’t go home, but abroad to Gath which was in the land of the Philistines.
God took him over the mountains, not on the well-traveled road to Gath.
“God sees the end from the beginning, and He’s leading you in a roundabout way.” Complaining Only Makes Things Worse, by Dr. Dale A. Robbins
Like David, I would prefer to stay where it was warm and comfortable. Since I can’t, I am not going home, but straight to the Garden of Gethsemane where I will lay down my will. Sunday, I will play light and subtle.
Dear Father God,
Thank You for loving me enough to never leave me in one spot. Each change makes a change in me. Make me more like You.
In Jesus Name,
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