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June 27, 2016

The story of David shows the sinfulness of man and the forgiveness of God. To leave out one or the other would be strip the Biblical record of David of it’s soteriological (the doctrine of salvation) force. David is not an example of a good man who pleased God by his exceptional obedience. David was a fallen man, sinful like all others. Yet David was described as a man who would fulfill all the will of God (Acts 13:22) and who “did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” (1 Kings 15:5) What made David such a remarkable Biblical character? What earned David such high praise from God? The grace of God. David himself recognized his guilt and Gods’ grace. He declared both in his final words of praise recorded in 2 Samuel 23:1-7

David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
The king of Israel was held to a high standard. He was to be just. His rule was to be that which blessed, refreshed and delighted the people. Like a bright sunrise or the fresh grass springing up after rain the king was to be a great joy to the people he ruled. David failed to do this. His sin brought suffering on his family, his faithful servants and the entire nation. David failed, but God was gracious.

Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
Though David failed, yet God in His grace made an everlasting covenant with David. David declared his guilt. David repented of his sin. David threw Himself on the mercy of God and learned that God’s mercies are unfailing. God made a remarkable covenant with David. God promised David his descendant would reign forever in Jerusalem. Implicit in this promise, and clearly understood by David (Acts 2:30), was that the eternal king would also be God and Savior. David’s trust in the everlasting covenant of God was his salvation. Like Abraham before him, David was a righteous man because he believed God.

But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands: But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit David looked down the millennia to the time when the Messiah would destroy the wicked. David’s hope, delight and desire was the covenant of God. That covenant will find its full fulfillment when the Son of David returns to earth to judge wicked men and establish His eternal, righteous kingdom. David’s life shows the marvelous grace of God that brings eternal salvation to any sinner who will cast himself on the Divine mercy.


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