Seeing this title might have brought to mind Rick James’ song Fire and Desire. But that’s not the fire or desire I will be discussing for the letter D. Instead D is for David. As I have been doing some reading lately, I have found a new appreciation for David. Not because he was a giant slayer but rather the depth of character he displayed when under fire.
At a time when Saul was out to assassinate him, he didn’t allow his trials to take away his concern for others. How many of us when faced with difficulties desire just to focus on ourselves? Even on the run David had people looking to him for direction and he did not send them away. Instead he became a leader to them.
All those who were in distress or debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. I Samuel 22:2
He could have been despondent, but instead you see him finding encouragement in God.
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. Psalms 34:1
He could have turned a deaf ear when he heard about the Philistines were fighting against Keilah instead He rendered aide even though it put him at risk.
So after reading about David, what is the application to us? When you are under fire do you give in to the desire to be discouraged? During those times of hardship do you neglect your duties failing to realize you still have substance to offer others?