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What is the Word of the LORD for you today?

Here's an observation from 1-2 Samuel that can help answer this. The Word of the Lord in 1-2 Samuel included the Word of God's anointing--i.e. the statement of fact that Saul, and then David, was anointed by God. 

Key to understanding David's failure in 2 Samuel is observing that he stopped seeking the Lord; David no longer seemed to care about the Word of the Lord. And so, in 2 Samuel 11, David stops acting like God's anointed King, and starts acting like the spoiled brat kings of the nations. It's not until 2 Samuel 18 that David returns to the Word of the Lord-truth about himself.

In Saul's case, it's important to note how he never bought into the significance of God's Word over him. He didn't tell anyone that Samuel had anointed him. He hid when they were selecting him.

Principle: The Word of the Lord includes the Words God has to say about us.

The Gospel-Word of Jesus has something to say about who Jesus is and what Jesus did. But that's not all. It also has something to say about who you are now, as a result.

"You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession," (1Pe 2:9) "God...establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us," (2Co 1:21) "The Father...has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light." (Col 1:12)

You are anointed. That means you are God's for a special-purpose.
You are holy. That means you have a special connection to God.
You are a saint. That means that you belong specially to God

The world says, no one sees you, you should be afraid. The world says, you are alone, and nothing you do matters.

The Word says, you are special to God; don't be afraid. The Word says, God is always with you; you matter.

We need to believe things about Jesus. Amen. But we also need to believe things about what Jesus accomplished, and what that means for us. About us. God's Word and God's anointing are connected. The Gospel is not just words about God and Jesus, but also about you and me.

What is the Word of the LORD for you today? I'm not sure exactly, but I know this: He has something to say about who you are now. And if you don't hear that, if you only hear the sad, scary, words of the world, then you're not listening.

There's one more gift under the tree. It's for you too.