“Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse. Thus says the man raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel.
The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of the God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.
Although my house is not so with God, yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For this is all my salvation and all my desire; will He not make it increase? But the sons of rebellion shall all be as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands. But the man who touches them must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear. And they shall be utterly burned with fire in their place.” (2 Samuel 23:1-7)
The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart. Yet David got in more trouble than anyone. He was a bloody man. A man of war. He murdered a man so he could have his wife. He spoiled his children and family was a mess. Yet God said David was a man after His heart. Why? God has the ability to look into our hearts and see the very motives there. When He looked into David’s heart He saw a man who was passionately in love with Him. A man who was consumed with His Word and His ways. He saw a man who completely believed in Him and trusted Him just as completely.
This great love that David had for God coupled with his faith and trust, is what God saw that made Him say of David: a man after My own heart. This was credited to David by God as righteousness. So much so, that when David murdered Uriah the Hittite and stole his wife Bathsheba, God forgave him. By the Law of Moses, David and Bathsheba should have been stoned to death! But when David repented, God covered his sins. But don’t think that David got away with anything. He paid a high price for that sin.
The child they had died as an infant even though David pleaded with God to spare him. His family turned against him. One of his sons raped his sister, another son started a rebellion in Israel, actually chased David out of Jerusalem and then slept with all David’s concubines on the roof of his house! It was ugly. Yet in all this heartache, David always comforted and encouraged himself in the LORD.
He would go into the temple and worship Him. He would take his harp and play and sing to the LORD. He was the sweet psalmist of Israel. Psalms is one of the biggest books, if not the biggest book in the Bible. To this day, the Psalms of David have brought countless people help in their times of trouble.
More than anything David wanted to build God a temple in Jerusalem, but God would not let him because of all the blood on his hands. But God made an everlasting covenant with David, which is way better! God promised David that there would ALWAYS be a king of his house on the throne forever. Solomon built the temple for God like David his father wanted. And in the coming kingdom of God, Jesus Christ: a descendant of David will reign forever.
We can learn a lot from David. We can learn what to do and what NOT to do. We can determine in our hearts to seek God as passionately as He did. We can start by asking Jesus Christ to come into our hearts and save us. We can repent and put all of our sins under His blood to be washed away forever.
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