I am pretty sure that apart from Christ Himself, David gets the most mention and exposure in the Bible. There is so much we can read and learn about the life of this one man who lived on this earth many centuries ago. And we have the pleasure (and sometimes displeasure) of seeing so many different sides of this one man. We see:
- David the shepherd boy.
- David the anointed one.
- David the musician.
- David the fugitive.
- David the mighty warrior.
- David the friend.
- David the king.
- David the worshiper.
- David the covenant keeper.
- David the adulterer.
- Davide the murderer.
- David the repentant sinner.
- David the (sometimes missing) father.
- David the afflicted.
- David the lover.
- David the Psalmist.
But most important of all:
- David the man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22).
If you have been following this journey and did read through the passages from last week, you would have already observed quite a bit about David last week. And this week we will continue reading his story: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Yes, there are lots of good parts but also lots of bad and ugly stuff. Yet, the most notable aspect about David is that even in the depths of his weaknesses and failing of strength, he somehow is able to operate out of a place of deep understanding and intimate relationship with God.
Few examples here:
- He understood the significance of the anointing of the Lord.
- Does not harm the Lord’s anointed
- Does not try to force the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises for his own life by hurting the Lord’s anointed
- He understood true worship
- He worshiped God with all his might
- He understood that true worship of God involves true sacrifice that actually costs him something
- He understood that worshiping God requires putting aside one’s own dignity and self consciousness
- He understood God’s sovereignty
- He understood the value of intercession
- He understood that vengeance is best left to the Lord
Somehow David had managed to tap into the very essence of God’s heart and God’s nature that allowed him to live a life of deep intimate relationship with his Lord.
And I believe that it is this level of intimacy that David experienced with God, that caused him to be remembered in the scriptures as a “man after God’s own heart”.
So, even though we get to see the negative side of David and his many weaknesses, his struggles and his sins, what makes him remarkable is that he did not allow those things to define his end. He was able to eventually set things right with God and before God by laying his heart bare before God.
And today in my own walk with God, David inspires me to also seek after the Lord with all my heart that I may truly desire what God desires and operate life out of a place of understanding God’s viewpoint and acting accordingly. I do not have to be discouraged by my own weaknesses but continue to rise up each time I fall seeking after the heart of God.
So, I hope you will take some time this week to read and reflect upon the life of David from 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles and be encouraged to pursue Him wholly. To help you get started, you can have an overview of 2 Samuel by watching this short summary presented by The Bible Project.
And now for you to explore a bit about David on your own, here is the info for you to embark on this journey yourself….
Israel’s greatest king, David, is a man after God’s own heart and shows us how in spite of his flaws he pursues true intimate relationship with God.
Weekly Reading Plan
And here is the weekly plan to help plan your reading for the week
If you want to dig deeper here are some of my suggestions:
- Use the above schedule to read the entire book of 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles 11-29.
- Read Psalm 27 which beautifully highlights David’s own inward struggles when pursued by enemies juxtaposed by David’s deep rooted understanding of God’ nature.
- Read psalm 51 which is a prayer of David after his sin with Bathsheeba is exposed and note what it reveals about his repentant heart.
- Optional: Read Psalms 37-39
And that is it for week 13!
Happy Bible Learning!