Humble shepherd. Giant-slayer. Gifted poet. Mighty warrior. Flawed man. Legendary leader. David is one of history's most famous kings. But more importantly, he was a man after God’s own heart.
This series on the life of David will help you discover how David, Israel’s greatest king, never confused himself as king with The King.
(1) THE RELUCTANT HERO: Sunday February 25th
David went from humble shepherd to national hero to great king. But he wasn't great because of his reputation or military prowess. He was great because of where he'd learned to place his hope.
We place our hope in what/whom we trust. Consider where your hope is and what it would look like to transfer your hope to God.
(2) KILLER GIANTS: Sunday March 4th
The way of God is most unappealing when we are angry, isolated, or afraid. That’s when we consider things we would never otherwise consider. It's when we feel compelled to do something . . . anything. But maybe there's a better way.
Maybe when you feel forsaken, you are mistaken. Maybe facing our problems is how we escape them. Perhaps God will use them beforehe removes them.
(3) THE ABIGAIL WAY: Sunday March 11th
The way of God isn't appealing when we have been wronged by someone else. Our natural urge is to try to get even. We want to wrong the people who wrong us as a way of getting payback. That seems just. It seems fair. But does it solve anything? Maybe there’s a better way.
Perhaps if we resist the urge to repay evil with evil and don’t settle for even, but return good for evil, it will set us free.
(4) THE GREAT KING: Sunday March 18th
Few things are as repulsive as a leader, parent, boss, or politician who leverages influence for his or her benefit to the neglect of those he or she is responsible for. Few things are as inspiring as a leader who says no to himself or herself in order to say yes to those for whom he or she is responsible. So how can we lead well when authority is placed in our hands?
David learned to leverage his influence for those under his influence. Once crowned, he ruled like a shepherd. Jesus declared that he did not come to be served, but to serve. We would do well to embrace the leadership style that David learned and that Jesus modeled.
(5) WHEN DREAMS CAN’T COME TRUE: Sunday March 25th
Plans are great. Reality is greater. Reality wins. Things don’t always go as planned. Some dreams don’t come true. So what do you do when you discover your dream can’t come true?
The foundation of our faith is not answered prayer … or happily-ever-after endings. We would do well to join David, like many others who have chosen not to abandon God when it appears he has abandoned us.