Acts 13:22 “After removing Saul, He made David their king. He testified concerning him; I have found David son of Jesse a man after My own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.”
You and I, all who care to may read about the life, trials and triumphs of king David. Many of the trials he brought upon himself. Our lives are no different than David’s in many ways. Many of the trials in life we bring upon ourselves. Trials, struggles, disappointments and suffering were part of David’s life and ours as well. Do not take this wrong as there are good things to be taken from most who bring a message to people, such as television/radio evangelists, however the Lord does not promise us a life of riches, nor does He promise that there will not be trials and suffering. What He does promise is that He will never leave us nor forsake us if we are His. Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The accomplishments of David were many, I will list some of those here, not in any particular order.
2 Samuel 5:3-5 So there at Hebron, King David made a covenant before the Lord with all the elders of
Israel. And they anointed him king of Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all. He reigned over Judah from Hebron for seven years and six months, and from Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years. 2 Samuel 5:17-25 David conquers the Philistines We read in these scriptures that the Philistines arrived and were ready to battle David. He asks the Lord, “Should I go out and fight the Philistines? Will You deliver them to me?” The Lord told him to go ahead, He will deliver them to David. After David had defeated them he gave the Lord all the glory! Later the Philistines returned to the same valley and were ready to fight David again.
The Philistines spread out across the valley of Rephaim ( giants,Rephaim) . David asked the Lord what to do. This could have been the Lord testing David, to see if he really was a man after God’s own heart. The Lord told David to not attack them straight on but to circle around behind and attack them near the poplar trees. David did as he was told. The result was God moved ahead of David to strike down the Philistines.
David moved the ark to Jerusalem after he captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites, he called it the City of David.
David, beside these accomplishments, had sin in his life. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband Uriah killed in battle. The Lord told David, thru Nathan the prophet, that because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. The child died after seven days. Psalm 51:4 David tells the Lord: Against You, You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight, that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.
We must understand that not only does God see the result of our sin, He knows the sin in our hearts that caused the sin. Even though He forgives we still must face the consequences of our sin. In Psalm 51:10 David asks the Lord to create in him a clean heart, O God, and renew a right (firmly established, enduring) spirit within him. We should also ask our God for a renewed spirit and a constant, firmly established spirit as well. It is up to us to read and study His word, the Bible. We are not to go back to the things we have been delivered from. Galatians 2:18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. We are not to be double-minded. James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.
I hope you have learned as much as I have about David and Joseph these several weeks! One last bit of information, the only one the Bible talks more about than David was Jesus!
Psalm 9:1-2 I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High!
Have a blessed Sunday and make it a great week!