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Rev. Dr. Samuel Somuah Asante is an ordained minister of the gospel, who is commissioned to project the Lord Jesus Christ. His ministry emphasis is on th divine elevation of the believer in Christ. He believes strongly that all who are in Christ have the privilege to live above sin and failure, walk in righteousness and the resurrected life of Christ. He encourages Christians, especially pastors, to live a life that manifests the glory of God through them. Rev. Somuah is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Ghana and holds a Masters degree in Theology from International Theological Seminary (Ghana Campus), and a PhD in Biblical Studies from ZOE Theological Seminar (USA). He is the Chief Servant of Jesus Witness Ministry, based in Taifa-Burkina, Accra. He is married to Rev. (Mrs.) Doris Somuah Asante and are blessed with two sons, Samuel and Arnold. They make their home in Accra, Ghana.

CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 39

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 23:16 ” And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless, he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD”.

King David desired for water from the well of Bethlehem. The Philistines had formed their garrison or defense at Bethlehem. These three men, Adino, Eleazer and Shammah went against the host of the Philistines and broke through their ranks and went to fetch the water for king David.

King David took the water and said “……be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? Therefore, he would not drink”. (2nd Samuel 23:19). David was never a self-centered, pleasure seeking man. He valued and respected the lives of his men. The brave act of these three men warranted his praise and honour. His refusal to drink the water was a great sign of honour for these men.

Let us appreciate every act of love and kindness that others show to us. We should not be occupied with ourselves but acknowledge the grave sacrifices made by those who have done us the kind deed. No matter how simple or big it may be, the fact that, the person thought about you and made that sacrifice, you must appreciate and honour them or the person with your thanks or gratitude.

What made these men so fearless? They had seen this trait in David. They saw in David a man who feared God and had fear for nothing. They followed the faith of David and considered the end or results of his faith (Heb 13:7) The bible described all those  who came to follow David in 1st Samuel 22:2 as  follows “And every one that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented gathered themselves unto him, and he became captain over them….”. Out of these men who were in debt, distress and discontented were raised men of great impact. They were basically failures, yet they found in David a man who had faith in God. Character is always contagious. Be careful who you align with. Fearful people would put fear in you. Men of faith, would likewise stare in you, faith for exploits. Choose your associations well. Don’t fall into associations, choose your associations. Look for men with great qualities to pattern your life after. They should be men who love and are fearless and not self-centered people.

 WHO IS YOUR FRIEND? WHO DO YOU LISTEN TO? WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE DO YOU SEE? THAT IS WHAT YOU WOULD BECOME IF YOU ALLOW IT.

 PRAYER

Heavenly Father help your children to be very wise as to choose their friends rightly. May they follow after men of committed to doing your word.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their faith

CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 38

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 23:16 ” And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless, he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.”

Like begets like. After David, were raised some great men. Among these were three whom the bible described as mighty. These men were:

1. Adino the Eznite

2. Eleazar the Ahohite

3. Shammah the Hararite.

One man who is conspicuously missing among the three is Joab. All through the story of David, Joab’s name ran through it all. Why is he not among these men? Joab on many occasions showed he had an independent spirit. He killed Abner against king David wish. He also killed Amasa also against the king’s wish. He could not catch the grace on the life of David. These other men whose names has rather not been showing up flowed in the grace upon David. Many people relate and serve under certain great men of God, yet they are not able to operate by the grace of God that rest on such men. It is all because of an independent spirit rather than love and submission. Elisha received the “mantle” of Elijah because of his love and submission to him. He actually succeeded him (2nd Kings 2:12).

The scriptures talk about the feats of these mighty men this way. The first is Adino (meaning ‘his ornament’) the Eznite. He lifted up his spear against eight hundred men, whom he slew at one time. The next was Eleazer whose name means “God has helped”. This man arose and smote the Philistines when the Israelites had all left him. His hand clave to his sword. The Israelites returned to find only dead Philistines. The third of these three was Shammah, which means ‘astonishment’. He also stood when the Israelites had run away and fought, conquering all the Philistines. What does these events teach us? If we would stand with and for the Lord, we would always overcome the enemy no matter the size, strength or who the enemy may be. It is the Lord that wins. He only needs a man to stand for him. Multitudes are good but it is a faithful heart standing in faith that would win. Note: The strength of the enemy is nothing in relating it to the Lord. When Christians measure themselves with the limitations of their abilities as men then, will they fail.

SATAN AND HIS POWER IS DARKNESS. GOD AND HIS POWER IS LIGHT, YOU CAN’T LOSE WITH THE LIGHT.

  CONFESSION

I stand with God and can never lose. No matter the opposition that may arise against me. So long as I stand in faith no enemy can overcome me

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 8:37 ” Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Romans 8:31 ” What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 37.

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 23:3 ” The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God”.

King David gave a word that the Spirit of the Lord gave to him in our key scripture. He said the Lord told him that, “…. he that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of the Lord”.

This is a very important advice to all mankind. David was successful because he obeyed this rule. Every man ought to be just in dealing with his neighbour. The word ‘just’ also means ‘righteous’. Each person must do that which is right towards all men. Rulers must know that this earth and all that happens around have laws that govern it. The creator is the ultimate judge over all the actions of men. It is rather unfortunate to find out that Africans are the poorest. Ironically most of the African leaders are exceedingly rich. Let every African leader know that, the Lord says every ruler over men must be just. 

Injustice and corruption are the cause of the predicaments of Africa. The problem does not emanate only from the political leaders, technocrats, entrepreneurs, artisans’ religious leaders, pastors, all citizenry must likewise heed to this command. It is injustice for a pastor to extort money from the congregation. All those who sell so call anointed objects to collect money from the congregation   is gross injustice. All the merchandise of the anointing must stop, it is injustice. Everyone, married couples, business individuals, and what have you must be just in dealing with one another.

King David added that all must rule in the fear of God. God rules in the affairs of men. No one must act, speak or relate with his neighbour without acknowledging that God’s laws must dictate our actions. Fearing God means honouring the laws of God.    Anyone who fails to honour his laws only suffer ultimately. If you honour His laws, the bible said “And He shall be as light of the morning, when the sun rises even at morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain”. (2nd Samuel 23:5).

PRAYER

Father, I pray for all leaders, political, religious etc. must rule in fairness, that your blessing would abide on all.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Romans 2:8-9 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;”

Romans 2:10 ” But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile”:

CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 36.

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 23:1 ” Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,”

The scriptures gave a very wonderful description of David. He first said he is the son of Jesse. This description is normal for everyone born of humans. He added further “the man who was raised up on high”.  This simply means he submitted himself to the word of God to control and dictate his life and so God likewise lifted him high among men. Most people are controlled by their natural reasoning and desires. He was not controlled that way.

In the context of the Christian David was spiritually minded. He was a man of the spirit. The Lord Jesus described those who will give acceptable worship (total service) unto God, would do so in the spirit(John 4:23). David was in some moment described as an angel of the Lord. “…. for as an angel of God, so is my Lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore, the Lord thy God will be with thee” 2nd Samuel 14:17. This statement was made by the woman who came to plead for Absalom. Achish the Philistine king also referred to David as an angel. Beloved, if David lived under the old covenant which the bible described as of the letter ministration of death and was passing away, had such a glorious life. How should those of us living under the new covenant which the bible describes as “of the spirit, or ministration of the Spirit (life) be more glorious. We do not have an excuse if we fail to manifest a super glorious life. The secret of David was a total commitment to God and to please him in all he did. In our case God is our father, we proceed from him. We are one with the Spirit of Christ.  We should be properly described as born from above (John 3:3). Don’t let sin have dominion over you and give no place to Satan and his works of sicknesses and demonic manipulations to be seen in you. You are a son of God one born not of blood, or man or the will of the flesh but born of God. (John 1:12,13).

David was also described as the anointed of the God of Jacob. To be anointed means he was appointed by God to play certain roles. The anointing sets one apart or consecrates and empowers according to Exodus 29:21. Every Christian is also an anointed one. We have been anointed with the very Spirit of Christ. (Colossians 1:26-27). We have been listed into a life of excellence, success and fulfillment. Refuse to be ordinary from today. Say to yourself if David under an imperfect covenant was so glorious then I must be more glorious because I am under a perfect covenant.

  CONFESSION

I am born from above. God is my Father, I am born into a life of glory and possibilities. I manifest the nature of my father. My life is an expression of His will and power.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 3:8 ” The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

Ephesians 2:10 ” For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 35

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 22:29-30” For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.”

One of the hallmarks of David was that he praised God a lot in songs. In this chapter he praised the Lord throughout. Praise is always a very powerful tool to stop the enemy.

Praise is a declaration of one’s faith in God. Songs of various forms carry various messages. It is not every “godly” song that either praises God. Some are prayers, making request unto God. Some songs are even not scriptural at all. Such unscriptural songs build a sense of defeat into your inner being. Make sure the songs you sing lift your faith up.

In the song David sang in 2nd Samuel 22, it talked about, the great victory God has won for him. These are testimonial songs. They also express his appreciation and thanks for all that God has done. He also expresses what the Lord is to him. These are declarations of faith in God. “And he said, the Lord is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer, the God of my rock, in Him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation my high tower and my refuge, my saviour thou savest me from violence. (2nd Samuel 22:2,3). When one praises God this way, he is making war with the song he or she may be singing. Romans 10:10 says “for with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. Whenever you sing this way you are fulfilling the above scripture. When you believe what you are singing you bring into reality what you are saying in the song according to Romans 10:10. David was greatly anointed because he praised God a lot. He had such a glorious and fulfilled life because he worshipped the Lord a lot.

Reading through this chapter reveals how he blends praise, worship, thanksgiving and testimonies of the many deliverances God has wrought for him. These things built up his faith and made him to trust the Lord more in the days of trouble. We would do ourselves great deal of good if we would make it our habit to daily read some of the psalms aloud. You do it by personalising the statement and believing everything you are saying. As you do this always the nature and awareness of God would be very real to you.

You would spontaneous express your trust and reliance on God in times of difficulty.

CONFESSION

The Lord is my light and my strength. He is ever present with me and delivers me from all trouble. I will forever rejoice and be glad in Him.

FURTHER STUDIES

Ephesians 5:19 ” Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”

2 Samuel 22:22 ” For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God”.

CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 34.

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 21:14 ” And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land”.

King David after delivering seven sons of Saul to be hanged by the Gibeonites, went for the bones of Saul and Jonathan to be reburied. The bible added that “And after that, God was entreated for the land”.  This means the famine stopped.

David had covenanted with Jonathan to be kind to him whether in life or death. It was wrong for the people of Jabeshgilead to bury Saul and Jonathan. David had to fulfill his part of the covenant with Jonathan by going for their bones and reburying them at the country of Benjamin. It was only after this that God was entreated of them.

In our previous study I said covenants, agreements or vows should not be treated lightly. Some people give their word of promise, yet deep down in their hearts they don’t in anyway intend to honour their promise or vows. Numbers 30:2 “If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth”. Deuteronomy 23:21 says it shall be a sin to them if you fail to honour your vow. Once again let’s be reminded that God says whatever you do to your neighbour you do it unto him. Don’t say what you don’t mean. If you do so you are playing the role of the devil. Honour your vows, promises, agreements and covenants. Many people are suffering in all kinds of ways because of this kind of unfaithfulness.

In 2nd Sam 21:15, the Israelites fought with the Philistines. In that battle David was nearly slain, it took Abishai to save him. The Israelites decided that he should no more go to war. Why was David nearly slain? As Christians we need to always maintain our spiritual fire. David had not been fighting for some time and so his strength had gone down. Romans 12:11 “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord”; We have to be aglow in the spirit always so nothing would be able to put us down.

   The subsequent verses tell us of repeated wars that the Philistines raised against Israel, although they lost in all of them. Satan will never stop attacking the Christian. You must always be battle ready. Never get into the flesh.

Stay in the Spirit. Keep your spiritual armour on every day and keep standing till we meet the Lord.

  CONFESSION

I am standing strong in the Lord. I feed daily on the word of God; I build my faith strong as I pray in the Holy Ghost. No enemy shall be able to overcome me in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 33

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 21:1 ” Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, it is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites”.

 In 2nd Samuel 21 the scriptures spoke about a famine that hit the land of Israel for 3 years. David enquired of the Lord, why this was happening and the Lord said it was because of Saul’s mistreatment of the Gibeonites who had entered into a covenant with the people of Israel, in the days of Joshua. Joshua 9:14,15 “And the men took of their victuals and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. And Joshua made peace with them and made a league with them, to let them live and the princes of the congregation swore unto them”. These Gibeonites deceived Joshua and his men that they came from a far country.  Joshua did not enquire from the Lord before making peace with them.

  It is always    good to seek God’s will on every agreement you want to sign with anyone, especially Marriage. Because of this covenant, God also accepted that Israel should forever be at peace with them. When Saul broke that agreement, it took a couple of years to affect Israel, that is in David’s time.

No one should take any covenant, agreement or vow for granted. It may be a business agreement. It may be a vow to do something for somebody. Spirits always witnesses agreement between men. God is the witness to every normal agreement humans settle on. When one party fail to honour his part, although it is between humans, he or she cannot be free from God’s laws. Every agreement or covenant is a moral matter which is always determined   by the laws of God. In this case, you have offended a man by breaking God’s law, so you can’t ask God for forgiveness until you settle the man. God’s laws favours the one suffering. You might have been unfaithful towards a man, but God’s law is what you have broken. He (God) will come against you. Marriage partners who mistreat each other or one partner will come under God’s judgement. Malachi 2:14 “Yet ye say, wherefore? Because the Lord has been a witness between thee and the wife of thy youth against whom thou have dealt treacherously, yet is she not thy companion and the wife of the covenant?”.

In David’s story the Gibeonites requested for seven people from the house of Saul to be hanged or killed. Until the Gibeonites were settled the curse of famine would remain with the house of Israel. (2nd Samuel 21:6). David spared Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, because of the covenant that existed between him and Jonathan. He took sons and grandsons of Saul totaling seven, and gave them to the Gibeonites. In our days many people including Christians play down on covenants, agreements and vows. No breaker of these things goes free. Let’s be very careful.

 PRAYER

We pray for all marriage couples to keep their marriage covenants faithfully. May all persons keep faithful to their terms of agreement?

FURTHER STUDIES.

Malachi 2:14-17 ” Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore, take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore, take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, where is the God of judgment?”