If David was consider a man after God’s own heart, his words should definitely be noteworthy.
This week, I’ve been back in the Old Testament, reading through 1 Kings. Today, I want to specifically look at chapter two, where King David is on his death-bed and gives a final word of advice to Solomon.
“‘I am about to go the way of all the earth,’ he said. ‘So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’” (1 Kings 2:2-4)
Scripture tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. His final word of advice proves this true. Now, David could have just said ‘follow the Law of Moses’, which would have been perfectly acceptable. However, David chooses to state “keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses“.
This is such an important statement and so pertinent to our lives today! So many times, we get caught up with the ‘laws’ of christian living. Perhaps, we try to follow the ten commandments? Perhaps, we live by Paul’s Epistles? Perhaps, we just hang onto the Gospels? David’s words should echo into all our hearts, keep all of God’s “decrees and commands, his laws and requirements“.
Today, we have a wealth of history, wisdom, poetry & eternal truth poured into 66 books, that have been conveniently compiled and bound into one record for us to carry with us and share. In David’s day, Moses’ writings were the only foundational Scripture. If David could speak to us today from his death-bed, he would likely be jealous of the amount of Scripture we possess and plead with us to dive into it’s entirety on a daily basis!
David was a man who cared for sheep yet battled a giant. David was a man who fell into adulterous sin yet wrote God-given hymns and praises. David was a man who had to run for his life yet became the greatest king of Israel. When a man of this stature and experience speaks, we should listen!
Lastly, it’s important to note the reasons why we should keep all of God’s “decrees and commands, his laws and requirements“. According to the man after God’s own heart, we will “prosper in all you do and wherever you go“.
Today, spend some time in an area of Scripture that you have not turned to in quite some time. Perhaps a passage that you haven’t read in years! I’m sure you will be blessed by what you find.
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.