Journey in the Word: King David

Week 9—We cover a five hundred-year period in the next seven days:  from the rise of David to the fall of Jerusalem.  Along the way, we’ll intersect with the prophets.  Once again, it’s a lot to cover, but as with our previous meditations, there are powerful lessons awaiting us.

Read:  Psalm 78:72

David has always been a hard person for me to study.  In order to view him highly, we must overlook a lot of “bad stuff.”  But to view him too lowly is to take him out of the position the Bible has for him in relation to the nation and to Christ.  So, where is the clue that keeps him properly positioned?

I think Stott provides it in his meditation.  For one thing, he never ceased to repent when he realized that he had sinned.  And, in ways that are sometimes difficult to determine, the Bible says he maintained “a heart for God.”

I believe this combination of repentance and heart places David where he needs to be.  And it puts us in the right place too.  Repentance means we are always accountable; we can never excuse or rationalize our sinfulness.  But our “heart for God” means that our repentance is a sign we know where “home” is—the place of forgiveness, restoration, and new life.

Repentance keeps us from going our own way.  A heart for God keeps us from losing our way.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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