DOWN BUT NOT OUT
Shepherd. Warrior. Poet. Murderer. Nation builder. Songwriter. King. Sinner. Musician. Visionary. Failed father. Schemer. Adulterer. Architect. Leader.
Looking at the life of David is like watching a yo-yo go up and down. On one hand, David was a very spiritual man who had a tender heart for God. He spent much time praying and praising God and wrote many psalms that led people to worship God. Yet, when he went into combat he was a fierce warrior, military genius, and victorious over his enemies.
David had a great passion for honoring God and leading His people in many ways that pleased Him. Yet, he neglected his children and failed to control, guide or discipline them. He also committed adultery and murdered a man while trying to hide his sin.
His life reflects many contributions to others as well as contradictions in his walk with God. In the final analysis, however, David was a person just like us. He struggled with being human and was overcome by temptations which led to sin and suffering. Yet, the Lord understood his imperfect nature, and never abandoned him. Why? Because God does not expect perfection but progression. God saw in his heart a desire to worship and serve Him.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for promising us that You will “lift up the fallen” if we repent and seek forgiveness. Help us to abide in You and not be overcome by temptation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:14