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In the past two weeks, the blog has focused on lessons from the life of King David in his times of crises. The story of David’s life and his many crises is found from 1 Samuel Chapter 16, through all of 2 Samuel, to 1 Kings Chapter 2. Significant periods of crises in David’s life include the seven years he was hiding from King Saul, the discipline he received from God for his adultery with Bathsheba, and the failed attempt of his favorite son, Absalom, to forcefully take over the throne from David.
I encourage you to read the story of David for yourself, and take note of the many times God rescued David. Even when David killed the giant Goliath with stones (1 Samuel 17), even in that story, we see that David had divine support. Why, why, why? Why did heaven stand tall and stand strong with David? Was it because of his skin color, eye color, hair color, or parent’s bank account? Thankfully, David was a writer, and shared some of his innermost thoughts with us in the book of Psalms.
Psalm 1:1-3 (The Passion Translation Bible) states: “What delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways! He won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share the sinner’s way, nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat. His passion is to remain true to the Word of “I AM,” meditating day and night on the true revelation of light. He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.”
David, considered as Israel’s greatest king, says ‘what a delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways’, that person stands firm like a flourishing tree planted by God, bearing fruit in every season of life (good and bad times). Indeed, even in those periods of crises in David’s life, he produced good fruit – humility, repentance, and reflections in the Psalms that have blessed the world for 3000 years.
David’s source of strength was his sincere faith in God, strengthened by regular Bible study, which provides the teachings that we meditate on day and night. David’s life was not guided by Egyptian magic, or Philistine idols, or Greek philosophy, he was guided by teachings and principles for life that he learnt from God. This is why his life was fruitful, never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous!
May our lives be fruitul in every season too, like David, Amen!