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Today's Christian thought:

David.

Tuesday September 16th, 2003

Have you ever wondered about King David? I mean, think about David for a minute, while he was absolutely one of God's favored, he did some things that have to make you wonder. So, why is it that God so loves David?

Let's look at David.

David had Uriah the Hittite killed so that he could cover up his adulterous relationship with Uriah's wife Bathsheba. He took Michal away from her husband. He spent so much time working as king that he left his children's upbringing to others, resulting in incest, rape, and murder amongst his children. His son Amnon raped his half sister, David's daughter Tamar. Tamar's brother, Absalom, murdered his half brother Amnon, for what he had done to Tamar. His son Absalom tried to steal the kingdom from David. In the process, Absalom attacked and raped ten of David's concubines and was later killed by David's senior general Joab.

So, with all this baggage, why is it that God so loves David?

Simple. David went to God in prayer. David confessed his sins, his iniquities, his frailties, his weaknesses and his inner thoughts to God and then he asked for guidance and forgiveness. David put his complete trust in Him.

And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, "God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars."

And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men. And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, "Bring hither the ephod."

Then said David, "O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake. Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech Thee, tell Thy servant." And the LORD said, "He will come down."

Then said David, "Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul?" And the LORD said, "They will deliver thee up."

Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth. (1 Samuel 23:7-13) Do you see the way David addresses God and how he refers to himself? "O LORD God of Israel, thy servant..."

Look here as David goes to the Lord in Psalm 56:

Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O Thou most High.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.

In God I will praise His word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Every day they twist my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul. Shall they escape by iniquity? in Thine anger cast down the people, O God.

Thou knowest my wanderings: put Thou my tears into Thy bottle: are they not in Thy book? When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

In God will I praise His word: in the LORD will I praise His word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto Thee. For Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? (Psalm 56)

Are you starting to understand the relationship between frail and sinful David and Almighty, Powerful and Sinless God?

While David was a sinner, a major sinner, a man who was subject to the baser things in life, a man not unfamiliar with murder, death, and the having of many women, both wives and concubines, David was special. What made David special in God's eyes is that David did not hesitate to trust on, rely on and put his absolute faith in the Lord God Creator of all things. David loved and gave his life to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

You can be forgiven a multitude of sins, if only you will turn to the Lord. God, unlike man, is faithful to forgive our sins if we just go to Him honestly and respectfully with a repentant heart.

The Lord be with and bless you all and may you all be like David. Trust in the Lord, turn to the Lord and do not be afraid to give the Lord the respect, glory and praise He, as the Creator, deserves. Don't be one of those who will make up an answer rather than giving God credit.

Amen.

All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.



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