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25 March 2019
1 Chronicles 29:11
David wrote these words at the end of his 40-year reign, which was also at the end of his life.
I’ve included them purposely because they demonstrate so clearly why God said he was a “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14).
He was the greatest king Israel ever had and yet he was only the second king of Israel. Solomon followed and could be considered greater; however, he was not greater in character. He had greater wealth, wisdom and accomplished many mighty works but his character did not match that of his father, David.
Probably no one ever loved God more than David did. Oh yes, David was not perfect but he was humble, and loved God in a way almost beyond description. I can’t think of any other Biblical character, outside of Jesus, who loved God more. No wonder Jesus is called, ‘Great David’s Greater Son’.
Yes, John recognised Jesus’ love for him and his reciprocal love of Jesus is very evident. Even Job who endured so much without being bitter with God must have had a tremendous love for Him. So too had Abraham, Moses and Jacob, Paul and Silas and indeed so many from the ‘Hall of Fame’ in Hebrews 11. But for me, David still stands head and shoulders above the rest.
One senses in David someone who did more than just praise God and who in one sense was even more than a worshipper. He was devoted to God. He was also a musician whose gift brought him closer to God and enabled him to draw others with him. But he was even more than that - he was so human. In so many ways we know ‘all about’ David.
God made him almost transparent before us all. We know the worst about him. Whereas for us, God is gracious in that He allows our worst to remain hidden from most people. David’s lifestyle was not only known during his lifetime and revealed before the whole nation, but it was also preserved for us all, throughout time and history, as a warning and example.
Nevertheless, despite or maybe because of his humanity, we are all drawn irresistibly to admit we have stood where he stood - we have had the same conflicts, struggles and experienced similar failures. He speaks for us all.
Though he was a shepherd, he knew the Lord was his Shepherd. And even as a king, he recognised that there is really only one King. As our verse says, “Yours, O Lord, is the Kingdom; You are exalted as head over all”. He never forgot that God had made him king and he would remain king, only as long as God allowed it.
He had an open heart. A heart prepared and ready to worship, in each and every circumstance: The good, the bad and the ugly.
How about you?
He knew he had been forgiven much, so he loved much (see Luke 7:36-50).
How about you?
Why not resolve today to become more like David. To be increasingly committed to become an even more obedient worshipper of God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ?
Fall in love with Jesus again.
Why not just take a few minutes time out to worship Him now?
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