Ep.1130: How Can I Fight for God’s Purposes Like King David? Warriors of God Series
The process of godly works overcoming our sinful mistakes
David was a hero and anointed to become the king of Israel. Long before he assumed the throne, he defeated Goliath in battle, contributed to the sovereignty and protection of Israel and faithfully served under King Saul. All this happened before he was 25 years old. Though he became a fugitive when King Saul turned on him, he never betrayed the king or God. Many years later when he finally became king, he was a mighty and God-focused leader.
This almost sounds like a happily ever after story, but it is not. David committed some horrible sins along the way that created havoc and cost lives. His sins are some of the most well-known in all of Scripture! With so many bad choices, how did David maintain a godly perspective? How did he continually fight for God’s purposes? What can we learn from the rollercoaster of David’s life to enhance our attempts to be warriors for God?
David’s faith, courage and fidelity to God had been seriously tested in the many years from the slaying of Goliath to his crowning as king. The lessons he learned along the way were significant in number and scope. Once David was king, he led and protected the people of Israel convincingly. This shepherd/poet turned hero, turned warrior, turned exile, turned king showed his loyalty to God and love for the people at every step. Things could not have seemed to be any better for Israel and especially for David himself.
It was then that the subtle trap of power and complacency was sprung. We all know of the story of David’s sins with Bathsheba. It's common knowledge how David fell prey to his own desire. That desire so hideously warped his conscience and loyalty to God. His fall was epic, and his crawl back to God’s grace and favor was inspiring.
The Ark of the Covenant
We often lose sight of the many other experiences that David had as king. This is unfortunate, as we can't define a man by a few short periods of his life or one landmark experience. David’s legacy must include his incredible journey to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Israel. The Ark represented the presence of God. As such, needed to be properly restored to its sacred position. This account again reveals David’s profound love for God as well as the mistakes he made in showing that love.
David’s experiences overflow with life-changing lessons. One of the most spectacular and yet unsung stories of his life was how he uniquely served God near its end. Check out our June 15, 2020 podcast, “How Can I Fight for God’s Purposes Like King David?” for more. We uncover some amazing details of all these accounts and see their hidden lessons. Putting this all together, especially with David’s godly end-of-life devotion, really shows us why he was called "a man after God’s own heart." Listen in and get to know David like you never have before!
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