Heart of David

He only lived seventy years, but David made a lasting impression for generations to come. Giant killer, check. King of a nation, check. Man after God’s own heart, check. Let’s not forget he is the father of the wisest man in history and a great, great etc…grandfather of the Messiah. Athough David did some not so note-worthy things, he always rebounded. It was always about his heart. A heart attuned to God.

Psalm quote (250x185)After David sinned horribly and tried to cover it up, (which, come on David, did you really think you were going to get away with it, King or not?) he still found his way back into the shelter of God’s love and grace. Not only did manage to pour his heart into his Psalms, they have encouraged and helped millions of people since they were written. Isn’t that a writer’s dream? To have their writing last for centuries and still be viable and inspiring?

So, for my Biblical figure to have a conversation with, it would have to be David. I’d ask him what in the world possessed him, meager though he was, to go before a giant and his army. How did he draw on the strength of God’s love, even when he was running for his life? How did he face Nathan’s rebuke of his and Bathsheba’s affair and his hand in Uriah’s death? Did your son Solomon ever act like he knew more than you?

These and more questions would fill a notebook that I would ask if I could.

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER . . .

Thou anointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over. Psalm 23:5b KJV

Blessings.

David knew both sides of blessings. As a boy, he was low on the “pecking order” at his house. The little brother. The older boys probably called him “sheep boy” when they wanted to degrade him even more.

When Samuel came around looking for the king that would replace Saul, did anybody inform David when daddy Jesse was told to round up his boys and line them up for inspection? Of course not. He was the bottom of the heap.

Interestingly enough, when Samuel had made his way through the entire lineup of Jesse’s sons, God whispered in his ear that there was another one out there, and that he was THE ONE.

When he arrived, probably dirty, stinky, and followed by a flock of sheep, Samuel anointed his head with oil.

The boy who would be king.

I would imagine that it was after this that David, ahead of his time as usual, probably coined the idea of “glass half full/glass half empty.” We know from reading the historical accounts of David’s life and from reading his poetry, that it wasn’t smooth sailing from there.

Saul tried to kill him.

He made bad decisions in leadership that led to adultery, murder, and the death of a child.

His children conspired against him.

He was not allowed by God to build His temple.

And yet he wrote this: My cup overflows.

This tells me more about David and his relationship with God than anything else. He knew that God’s blessings were far and above anything he, in his human condition, could possibly fathom. David understood the foundation of God’s love.

Grace.

Grace says that we get what we don’t deserve. We don’t deserve a relationship with Jesus, but He’s offered it to us. We don’t deserve salvation, but He gives it to all that ask.

David was, after all, a man after God’s own heart. Just like us.

Glass half full? Glass half empty?

Glass running over.