I will behave myself wisely ~ Pst. Segun Esho
Topic: I will behave myself wisely
Text: Psalm 101:2, 1 Samuel 18:5,14,15,30
Preacher: Pst. Segun Esho
Psalms 101:2 [KJV]
I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
1 Samuel 18:5, 14, 15, 30
18:5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
18:14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
18:15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.
18:30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.
The Bible gives a progression of how David behaved himself wisely. We should pick some lessons from the life of David as touching how he behaved himself wisely, especially why he had the testimony of being a man after God’s own heart. Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. David was a man that was sold out to wisdom. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverb 4:7”. Most likely, understanding is another level of wisdom. “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Psalms 119:34” . A quick distinction of knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Knowledge is the ability to know something, wisdom on the other hand is the right application of knowledge, doing what you know in an appropriate manner, while understanding is knowing why you are doing what you are doing.
HOW DAVID BEHAVED HIMSELF WISELY
1. David had a progressive thinking: Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. David behaving himself wisely was progressive as shown in 1 Samuel 18. 1 Samuel 17:1-4 also shows David’s life of progression in the victory he had achieved. David moved from one level to another.
2. David was passionate about all he did: Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Some persons don’t put their heart in what they do. David had passion for what he did. 1 Samuel 16:17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. 16:18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him. “A passionate harp player” you cannot go far in life if you’re not passionate about what you are doing. Don’t say I don’t care what people say or think, becauseas much as God is watching you, also not that people are observing you. Also note that beyond his talent, he had a good judgment, in other word David behaved himself wisely. That means talent is not enough, talent can only give you a platform, attitude is what will take you to the next platform.
3. David was had a relationship with God and was humble: He had an intimate relationship with God and a good interpersonal relationship with men. It was noted that everybody loved David; Saul’s servants, the women, everyone. David also did not allow his fame, promotion and prosperity to get into his head, he was humble. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Choronicles 7:14”. Some person’s promotion are hindered because of lack of interpersonal relationship with men. Treat people well. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
4. David always went the extra mile: 1 Samuel 18:25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. 18:26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law: and the days were not expired. We see in this scripture that David completes project before time and he surpasses expectations. A good example to draw from the life of David is his passion to always go the extra mile in whatever we are doing I.
As much as David behaved himself wisely, a time came when he behaved himself unwisely and everything about him started going down. Therefore, there is need for us to look up to God and trust him for help to behave ourselves wisely in all ways, in our relationship with God and in our relationship with men, with colleagues, etc.
- Lord, help me to behave myself wisely in all ways in Jesus name, Amen.