There are days, and then there are days.
Sometimes days last into seasons. The kind of seasons that bring storms, danger, trial and fear.
David was living on the run. As King Saul pursued David, David lived out one of those seasons. In 1 Samuel 23:9, when David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod!”
“Bring the ephod”!
Three little words that said so much.
The ephod, a part of the garment of the Old Testament priest, represents Christ, our high priest. Worn much like a tunic, it was made of fine linen with gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread. At the shoulders there were two onyx stones engraved with the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob).
The High Priests would bear God’s people, their sins, needs and burdens on their shoulders as they entered the place of God. Christ, the High Priest, carries the whole burden alone.
When David said, “Bring the ephod,” David said, “God, we worship You.”
When David said, “Bring the ephod,” David said, “God, we need You.”
When David said, “Bring the ephod,” David said, “God, we trust You.”
When David said, “Bring the ephod,” he humbly acknowledged His dependence on God for His wisdom, direction, protection and sovereignty over not only his life, but the lives of those who were now with him. His request to “bring the ephod,” was a request to inquire of the Lord God Jehovah for deliverance.
I don’t know what you are going through today. I don’t know what season you are in your ministry, family, relationships, finances or health. But I know the One who does, and as you come before Him with your need in worship and faith, He is more than able to direct, protect and provide everything you need. You just need to ask. So, what are you waiting for?
Bring the ephod!
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