Life Seasons (Seasons in David’s Life)
The past few weeks we have been doing a study about being content in all things and in all seasons in our lives. I have been listening to the teaching of Sister Laurie Cole and God has really used her to give me a better understanding of the Seasons in my own life and the Lord has put it on my heart to pass along what I have learned.
Now we know by reading God’s word that it is important to be content in all things. It is equally important to understand what Life Season we are in. We are all different and God brings us into different Seasons at different times because He has a plan and a purpose. We read in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 that there is a time and season for all things. The different seasons in our lives are for a purpose. God uses them to help us to grow in Him and to bring us to Himself. Christ has begun a work in those that believe in Him and the seasons of life are used to bring us closer to that work that He wants to complete in us. (Philippians 1:6)
Today, we will begin a study of Seasons in the life of David so that we can learn the different ones and apply them to our own lives, in order to better understand what life season we are in personally. This week, with the help of the Lord we will look at Spring time in the life of David.
Handout - Life Seasons
Beginning in this lesson, we see in the Bible where the story of David and his life begins. In 1 Samuel we read that God has rejected Saul and has chosen David.
1 Samuel 16:1 “And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.”
In reading further in this chapter we find that Samuel does go to Jesse’s house and Jesse brings to him all his sons but the Lord tells Samuel that each one is not the one He has chosen. Finally Samuel asks Jesse if he has any more sons. We see then David enter.
1 Samuel 16:11-12 “And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.”
It’s quite beautiful. God chose David before he was ever born. David was born for the purpose that God had for him. David was a shepherd and a poet with a heart for God. It was as a young boy in the fields, while keeping his father’s sheep that God began to draw David to Himself. Spring was a season of peace and tranquility for David. His training as a shepherd was training to lead the people of Israel.
Are you in a Spring Season of life? Is God bringing you closer unto Himself? Is the LORD calling you? Seek the Lord, and if you believe you are in a Spring Season understand these truths about the life Season of Spring.
A. Spring is a Season of Spiritual Growth and Planting from God.
Spring is an extended opportunity God uses for us to learn and grow so we can bear much fruit. It is personal revival. God can begin to plant a vision and show the call on your life.
You might be asking. What should I do in Seasons of Spring? We should learn from Spring time in David’s life, during his time with God in the fields. What did David do? David had a heart for the Lord didn’t he? We know this by the Psalms that he wrote to and for the Lord. Here are some key things you and I should do in a Spring Season of Growth.
1. Seek God First
Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
2. Spend Time with the Lord
In the fields, David spent time with the Lord, talking to Him and listening to God’s voice.
Psalm 8:1-4 “ 1O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
2Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
David was wise and saw this time as a time of praise and soul revival. We see this in Psalm 19. The whole Psalm David is praising God and also asking God to help him and to keep his heart pure and acceptable.
Psalm 19:1 1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Psalm 19:13-14 “13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, My Strength, and My Redeemer.
3. Seek The Lord In Extended Solace and Solitude.
We need to understand that God is our comfort. He is our support. We need to make time to be alone with Him in order to deepen the intimacy of the relationship. David did this and the times of being alone, were times of blessing for God has chosen these times to spend time with David. It’s not good to be alone all the time, but sometimes one needs to be all alone with the Lord just as you would a spouse or other dear one in your life.
We see David doing just this in Psalm 23.
Psalm 23 1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
4. Be Still and Know that I Am God!
Sometimes we need to just be still and trust God. We need to obey Him and then be still. Standing still is hard to do sometimes, but when we do, when we wait upon the Lord, He will bring things to pass in His own good and perfect timing. We know that it was many years that passed from the time David was anointed by the Lord as King, until he actually sit on the throne. Still in God’s perfect timing, He brought it to pass as it was meant to be. Yes Beloved, Be still and know that your Father is God and God is your Father and He will bring you into your destiny and into the good plans He has for you and I as we Be still and trust Him.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen. I will be exalted in the earth.”
5. Seek Spiritual Growth through God’s Word!
1 Peter 2:2 “ 2As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
It is important to hear preachers and teachers in studying God’s word. God gave them to us to help us to learn. However, there is no substitute for getting in God’s word with Him, praying to Him as you read and study yourself. This is part of prayer and meditation with God. It deepens the intimacy of your relationship with the Lord and He can lead you and teach you as you read and ask Him to give you wisdom and understanding. The word of God is our lifeline along with prayer. Make time everyday to read God’s word and to talk to Him in prayer in all life seasons.
Dear Righteous, Heavenly Father…
We come before You today once again, thanking You for Your Sovereignty. We worship You for all that You are. Father we thank You for all the Seasons in our life and we ask today that You help us to be content and we ask for wisdom to understand what season we are in and how You would have us to walk and grow in those seasons. Dearest Father, we know that all things in our lives happen for a reason and Lord we trust You and ask You to help us to always follow and obey You. We know that by doing this we can live a life of victory through Christ. Father help us to please You in all that we do. We ask that You give us a desire to know You more and to seek You in all things. We love You and Praise You in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen. Thank You Lord for hearing and answering our prayers.
July 29, 2018