David, the king after God’s own heart, was like many of us. He saw God do amazing things. He trusted God and allowed the Lord to use him to unite the kingdom. Davidd also led Israel to a place of honor among the nations.
Still, we often forget that a great deal of David’s life was spent dealing with adversity. From the time he entered king Saul’s service, David encountered various trials and tribulations. Some of them were out of David’s control, while others were due to David’s own sin and arrogance. In either case, David had the presence of mind to repent, turn and accept God’s lead no matter the cost.
As one studies David’s life, it becomes clear that he was a good man that made bad choices. Still, even when David screwed up, he always faced God and repented. God honored David’s faithfulness and used David to establish Israel as a real kingdom.
In our lives, we want to be like David. We want to be people after God’s own heart. Our enemy and the world culture want us to fail, and both encourage us to operate independent of God’s leadership. The irony, however, comes when, if we do fail, the world and the enemy are the first to point fingers and accuse is of being hypocrites.
Like David, our best hope is to face God openly and honestly. I John 1:9 teaches us that if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us of our unrighteousness. God did that with David, and He will do that for us. We only need to trust God and seek the Lord with all our hearts. Upon submitting to the Lord, God will be our refuge, strength, provision, and fortress. We will be able to rest in God who will faithfully sanctify us and use us to further His plan.
God Bless You
In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!
3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
6 I hate[a] those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.