First day in the office after a week off. It is almost 3p.m. and I just finished going through emails. Makes my brain hurt.
If you are in Small Group Bible Study at MeadowBrook, chances are you just finished a study on David. I have loved the look at David’s life and faith. We’ve looked at his highs and his lows. Pointed out where he made great decisions and looked the times he messed up. We’ve seen a king fight for his throne, a friend run for his life, and a father really mess up with his children. All in all, we’ve seen a real person struggle with real faith.
The last week has been especially meaningful. 1 Chronicles 22, 28, and 29 contain his fairwell instructions, if you will, to Solomon and the leaders of Israel. Look at what he said to the leaders of Israel in chapter 22:
“Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.” (19a)
Then to his son, Solomon, in Chapter 28:
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” (9)
After his inconsistent and tumultous life, David’s last words to his son and his people seem to be some thing like this: Like me, you won’t be perfect. But here is the one thing you must pursue with all your heart and strength: seek the Lord your God always, and seek to do His will.
The bible calls David a man after God’s own heart. How can this be when we see the terrible things in David’s life? The horrible decisions he made? Of all the inconsitencies in his life, there is one thing he always returned to: seeking God. David sought God, and like Psalms 22:26 tells us, those who seek Him, praise Him. Even at the end of his life and in poor health, we see David worship and lead in worship.
Seek Him! Praise Him!