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I love reading the story of King David, when possible from start to finish. It is such a fascinating story! David was God’s choice for a leader of Israel. He was a man after God’s own heart. He was favored. Anointed. Not only a king, but a good king.
Among various Bible characters, King David is usually praised, and rightly so. There are many positive things we can learn from his life. But to be honest, when I read the story through, I usually feel disillusioned. Besides all of his many achievements, there are also many things David could be faulted for:
He committed adultery with someone’s wife, then killed the ‘someone’! He apparently never really forgave Absalom or took the steps necessary to restore that relationship; he lied to the priest about why he went to Nob, repeatedly lied to Achish when he and his men lived in Philistine territory, and could not control his army general, Joab. . . .
This is not a ‘get down on King David’ rant. I’m just pointing out that clearly David was not without sin – but he was willing to be corrected. What are the lessons for us? Well, at least one is obvious.
Despite the faults, the weaknesses, the struggles within and around us – God can and will use you and me!
Another lesson is that sometimes I just am wrong, and need to admit it. I never want to reach a point of believing that I’m beyond correction.
I have recently read several books about cross-cultural relationships and ministry. It highlighted to me many things that I have not understood, have done wrong, or have just “missed” in the cross-cultural setting. But have you noticed that when we feel we have really messed something up, a friend often comes to bring assurance, “No, you did fine.” As much as it’s encouraging, the reality might be that I DID mess up, and just need to deal with it. At the cross.
David’s familiar Psalm 23 declares “He restores my soul.” Something that is already whole does not need restoration. Times of brokenness, seasons of darkness, even coming face to face with our sins and mistakes, will be part of our experience as they obviously were part of King David’s. But the king after God’s heart was a king who knew God could be trusted, even trusted to punish and discipline him. That is the same God I trust. May I learn to trust Him more!