THURSDAY 29 September
Calling on the LORD
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
so shall I be saved from my enemies.- 2 Samuel 22:4
David has come to the end of his mission––he is in his final days. As we step backward into his life we can see how he continued to call upon the LORD. David, as a shepherd boy, was chosen by God for one of the greatest tasks––to take down Goliath. He began his life as a warrior; with a God-given call to lead. David desired his life to be guided by the Lord, and constantly communicated with the LORD––he called on His name.
You can always recognize leaders, they have a certain charisma. I can actually look at different people and know already––that person is going to be a leader; they are going to do something with their lives. Why? They are people who have learned to call on the name of the Lord.
On this one occasion Chuck Smith made such an impact in my life. I was privileged to spend time with him in Japan. After Chuck taught his message, we went into the hotel. The next day, he blew my mind––at five in the morning, Chuck was outside doing his devotions and praying.
This is a daily discipline that I have learned in my life; I cannot go anywhere unless I have first completed my devotions––spending time alone with God. I need to call on the name of the Lord so He can direct my steps and guide me in what to say to other people.
I have found that there is a great weakness among the leadership in churches and with people in the body of Christ. They neglect to have a disciplined devotional time with the Lord. Imagine, their day has started in the flesh and they will have no defense against Satan. These people can expect major problems in their lives. Wake up––we are living in a time when men need once more to call on the name of the LORD.
…Then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
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