Life Of David
Last words are always significant. King David, instead of leaving his people with words looking back, he gives them words for the future. A glimpse into a Kingdom of righteousness and life; justice and prosperity—a Kingdom that David’s greater descendant -Jesus Christ -would bring about. And, so he leaves them with more than last words– he leaves them with hope.
How can a man who wrote inspired songs to God, resisted vengeance when his very life was threatened, achieved great successes for God, fall into the worst immorality in matter of seconds? In the Life of David we’re confronted with this question and the reality that every one of our hearts is more vulnerable than we care to admit. In the fall of David we’re reminded of what the Bible has taught all along, there is only One Savior which can deliver us.
David was a warrior, king and artist—musician and songwriter. We sing about what captivates us. David is captivated with the character and deeds of God—a God worth singing to. Can you say the same about your God?
Ironically, in an age of instant messaging and cell phones, we long more than ever for the company of the people who matter most, including the One we were made to in friendship with – God Himself. As we study this chapter in David’s life, a chapter marked by this same longing, we learn the astonishing truth that God has fought to be in our company.
Meekness is often equated with being a ‘pushover’ or ‘soft’. The strength
not to overly assert ourselves, or manipulate circumstance for our advantage
reveal a rare strength. It is one that David shows to Saul.
As more of us are mobile, and away from our families, we look to our friendships to get what we need. Friendships have become more necessary and important. The Bible places a high value on friendship and the story of David and Jonathan is a great example of such. But, their friendship is more than two people with things “in common”, it is a friendship shaped by God, and so an Uncommon Friendship. These are the kind of friendships which we need and God makes possible.
Our lives are riddled with fear. Fear of the world around us. Fear in daily conversations over being misunderstood or uninformed. Fear motivating our career, schedule and relationship decisions. We’re often given methods for managing fear, but how about getting free from it? In the classic story of David and Goliath we find a different approach to dealing with fear.
When we go looking for a leader, charisma and a resume outweigh content of the heart. We are so taken with outward beauty and abilities—surface qualities—we’re swept off our feet and out to sea. We spend our days trying to attain what is fleeting. Watching God choose His leader in 1 Samuel 16 gives a new view and a new hope.