Samuel had poured a horn of oil upon the head of young David
and anointed him to be king over Israel. Later, David pondered
this prophecy and considered how it might be fulfilled. Here
he was, serving King Saul within the palace. Surely, everything
indicated that the answer was on its way.
Then, Saul threw a javelin at David. He fled from the army
of Saul, who had received orders to kill him, and hid in the
back of a cave in the wilderness. He had gone, within a short
moment of time, from the highest of hope within the Palace,
to the lowest of hopelessness within a dark cave in the wilderness.
He might have complained to the Lord. Rather, he began to
sing to the Lord, in the barrenness of the wilderness, a "new
song" of faith and trust.
"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall
I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall
I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes,
came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though
an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of
my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire
in his temple" Psalm 27:1-4
This barren, dark cave became a divinely lit cathedral in
which David recognized the presence and purpose of the Lord.
Here, in the wilderness, David, who had come to a complete
end of all self ability and means, placed his complete trust
in the Lord. Here, in the wilderness, David qualified for
the throne of Israel.
After coming up out of the waters of baptism, Jesus was
driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, where He was
tested for forty days. He came forth, preaching the Gospel
of the Kingdom with power. The Apostle Paul spent over three
years in the wilderness, alone with the Lord. He came out
to turn the world upside down.
We little realize the power that comes from a wilderness
experience. This does not fit within the pattern of much of
the preaching of our day, but it is close to the heart of
the Lord, as He searches out a people of like faith to serve
Him in this critical hour.
This issue of the Banner was prayerfully put together with
the understanding that many of you are moving through some
stage of a wilderness experience, as you earnestly seek a
way to Mount Zion. Be encouraged, the Lord will prepare for
you a highway through the wilderness, as you come to understand
His ways and trust Him.
May our Lord richly bless and guide you, as you meditate
upon each article within this issue of the Banner. I encourage
you to write and share your thoughts with me, concerning the
Banner, that it may bring the encouragement and edification
to you that is intended.
Your continued prayer and financial support makes it possible
to continue sending to you each issue of the Banner. Thank
you for writing.
Wade E Taylor