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David’s Example, Part 1 – The Fear Of God

Key Verse

“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.” 2 Samuel 23:3

Text — 2 Samuel 23:1-4


A story was told of a child who followed his father to another farmer’s farm to steal yam. The man instructed his son to be looking and watching for any one coming while he (the father) dug out the yam from the ground. The boy agreed and was watching. However, once a while, the boy would whisper to his father as the man was busy digging, “He is looking at you”. The father would suddenly stop and look around. When he saw nobody coming, he would ignore the boy and continue digging. This continued for some time until the boy whispered again “He is looking at you”. The father then stopped and asked the boy: who? The boy pointed to the sky and told the father – “God is looking at you”. The father got the message clearly, and abandoned the evil assignment of stealing.

The fear of God is the understanding that God is everywhere, at every time, looking at every action of boys and girls. Mom and Dad cannot be with you at all times, but God is always there. God spoke through king David to tell everyone what it means to have the fear of God. The fear of God will make you do what is just, fair, true, righteous and no eye service. The fear of God is needed by every child that will be great like king David and others.

Further Reading

Psalm 111:10

Prayer for today

Oh Lord, put the fear of God in me, so that I may do what pleases You at all times.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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