David

And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.                     

Acts 13:22       

 

With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.

                           Psalm 119:10-11

 

“David is both the man we want to be, and the man we are.” I heard this statement while listening to a radio sermon about David, and was immediately intrigued. I listened intently to the message, and knew that I would have to get into the Old Testament more than I’d ever been before. I wanted to know more about the man who was after God’s own heart.

You may be familiar with the story of how the Lord anointed David future king of Israel while David was in his youth. It is during the anointing that the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.

I’m sure that most of us know the story of how young David killed Goliath with just a single stone when none of the men in Saul’s army took up that challenge for forty days. Righteous anger, confidence, and faith in God were the provisions of his success.

As a young man, David was referred to as one “who is skillful in playing (the harp), a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him.”

The close relationship David shared with God is quite evident throughout the book of Psalms, half of which were written by or attributed to David. His writings demonstrate a devoted heart, and elegantly depict a creative and eloquent mastery of emotion and language.

David was one of, if not the greatest king Israel ever had, and his life foreshadowed Jesus. He had an unwavering love for Father God, whose covenant with him was that his “house and kingdom shall be established forever before him, and that his throne would be established forever.”

The man we want to be.

However, David was also the man we are. Recall the number of wives and concubines he had, his failure to discipline his son Amnon when he raped his half-sister Tamar, how his son Absalom led a rebellion to usurp David’s throne, and of course, his dalliance with Bathsheba and the resultant death of her husband Uriah at David’s beckoning. David’s “opportunities” make him highly relatable, perhaps not in actual circumstance but in the degree of sin itself.

But yet when confronted by the sins he committed, David again demonstrates in his contrite heart and repentance how he is the man we want to be. His conviction of these hefty sins demonstrate that none of us is too far gone, too despicable, too lost to escape the prompting of the Holy Spirit to repent.

None of us is beyond the reach of our heavenly Father’s indescribable love. Praise His holy name!

 

Prayer Requests

  • For those who are caretakers of ill family members and friends
  • For those who are undergoing tremendous trials and who don’t have a support system or a relationship with their Savior
  • For our Session
  • For those whom we haven’t seen in church to consider coming back—we miss you!
  • For us to be set afire with His Spirit

 

I’m hopeful no one thinks that I’m throwing stones at David—perish the thought. His legendary life and relationship with the Lord make me want to learn more about “being after God’s own heart.”

 

 

Quotes

“We are very good lawyers for our own mistakes, but very good judges for the mistakes of others.”

 

“One compromise here, another there, and soon enough the so-called Christian and the man in the world look the same.”

                                                      –A.W. Tozer