The Israelites made some bad choices, and yes we all make them, but very often theirs got recorded in the Bible for all to see. They demanded a king (Read 1 Samuel). God sent Samuel to anoint Saul to be king. Saul was a good looking, strong man, taller than anyone else in Israel. But he didn’t have the character that pleased God. Why and how are questions for another time. Suffice it to say Saul had his chance and blew it. So God chose a second king to replace Saul
David, a shepherd boy, the last person anyone would imagine to be chosen to be king.
This story has drama and intrigue, loves and murders, the makings of an awesome film; most famous would be David and Goliath. This event is so marvellous that the phrase is still used to describe an unequal battle. But what made David so special. If you read 1 and 2 Samuel you’ll see David was by no means perfect – he sinned, he committed adultery and had the husband killed to protect the secret among other things. But his heart – his heart pleased God.
He repented. When his adultery was uncovered, because God sees everything, he wrote psalm 51. One of the most poignant confessions of sin that I pray because it perfectly describes my sinful state. David knew his need of God.
He was unashamed. When Jerusalem was taken and the Ark was being carried to it’s resting place David danced before the Lord in nothing but linen cloth. His wife was appalled and despised him but David was totally committed to celebrating God without concern for who was watching or what they thought. An audience of one.
He had integrity. Saul was still the king of Israel and David served him. He played soothing music when Saul was troubled, went out to fight for him and with him, was best friends with his son Jonathan, when he had opportunity to kill Saul when Saul was trying to kill him: David left it in God’s hands.
He was zealous. Not a word we use a lot and usually a subtle insult but God is zealous. David was ardent, enthusiastic, diligent in serving God. That is why this small youth faced down the giant Goliath. He was insulted for God and determined to stand for what he knew was right.
When I pray for myself and for other people I often ask to be a person after God’s heart, like David; to be completely committed to God without fear of man, willing to do whatever he asks, to stand, to walk humbly before Him and only Him.
To hear God say those words would be awesome.