My life is full of daily struggle. Sometimes small, sometimes huge. Some days I handle these bumps in the road so well and others I just simply suck at gracefully walking them out. In the midst of making my way daily through life I find comfort and courage in the examples God offers me in His Word. One of my favorites is David who’s humanity and relationship with God is set on display before us to learn from.
David was a man who was known for his heart after God. When I read about his life on this earth I am hurled into his story of worship, devotion and struggle. David’s plot in life was not an easy one, yet he walked it out in a way worthy of example to us all.
What do we know about David?
- He was the youngest of 8 boys, the baby if you will. The least thought of to accomplish anything significant. I can so relate to this feeling of insignificance, can you?
- He was a shepherd who protected his sheep no matter the cost. He was passionate about where he was placed and did his absolute best while in that place. Where we are placed is not nearly as important as how we thrive in that place!
- He was a songwriter and musician, a true worshipper of God. At the end of the day he understood that God was his source and he spent hours upon hours communicating his needs, desires and love to God.
- Some would call him a warrior poet, a very unlikely combination. Someone who could kill a lion and write poetry seems like an odd man… Embrace your oddness friends, it’s there on purpose!
- At a young age he killed the giant that no other man would stand against, he knew who he was in God and knew his God well. David understood that his strength was found in a God that would not fail him.
- He was a king anointed by God. We are all anointed to do something for God while on this earth. We can run from it, ignore it and even deny it but the truth is you and I don’t get to decide. God has already decided for us, we just have to walk it out.
- He was not perfect, but regardless of his fear, sin and life he always turned to God when all was said and done. Even in his darkest moments, rather than hiding from God he went to him instead.
What can we learn from this man? There is one lesson that I have always hung onto regarding David and his life…. Be a person who is after God’s heart, no matter the cost, no matter the mistakes, no matter the struggle, no matter what. Why? Because God is worth it.
David wrote….“I waited patiently on the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3
In Psalm 40 David is sharing about WHO God is to him and what he has done for him…. But it doesn’t end there. He tells us how good God is to him, but then he turns the attention to the fact that because of God’s goodness in his life others will “see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord”. David understood one valuable part of who God is… he does not just do good for our personal sake and well being, he does good so that others would see our lives and put their trust in the Lord. Next time your facing something hard and your in a season of struggle, remember that God is about to show his goodness not only to rescue you, but also to rescue others.