Remembering Lessons from David

One of the most personally edifying and enjoyable sermon series I have preached was the series of messages we recently completed on David. As God pierces through the hearts of all men, women, and children with perfect knowledge of their desires, passions, and affections; His special calling rest on a young boy with a deep, living faith in Almighty God. God sets the teenager apart, to be the King of Israel and then providentially works to get David into the service of the current king. Here is David, chosen by God to be the future King and handpicked by the current King to be his personal musician. Still, you know where we often find David, tending the sheep. For David, his rise to fame and promised rise to power were no excuses to ignore his current responsibilities. He continued to do what needed to be done no matter how mundane it appeared. He continued to honor his father and family by doing his share of the chores. No pulling out the “But, Dad, I am the king’s musician and God’s future king” card here. Tending the sheep was also a time of isolation, a time for David to be alone, with no one, other than the sheep, and God. I can’t help but believe that the faith in and love for God that we see in the man we know as David was formed during those times of isolation and total dependence upon God. All of us need that time when we are alone with our Creator, loving Him and being loved by Him. Let me remind all of us, to keep tending the sheep.
As the months and years past, the growth of David’s fame was only surpassed by the growth of the current king’s jealousy. David undeservedly became the object of the king’s wrath. That meant one thing, run. And run David did. He even ran to try to find protection in the borders of surrounding nations. They were having nothing to do with that. Finally, David again found himself alone. With nowhere else to turn he made a cave his refuge. Then, something unusual happened; that cave became the gathering place of all sorts of men who were “desperate, in debt, or discontented.” Not the sort of group David was probably praying for, but it is who God sent. The motto of the cave seemed to be, no matter who you are, what you have done, or where you have been, you will be welcomed and loved in this place. WOW! Shouldn’t that be the motto of the church? Of every church. Of our church. It was the motto of the first century church and it must be the motto of the 21st century church. Let’s make it our motto! And by the way, God took that bunch and transformed them into a mighty army. God does the same thing today.

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