Maybe he was . . . but, if so, I mean it in a good way! He was a wonderfully passionate man with a heart filled with so much faith, so much trust in God, that he is used as a type of Christ, a model for the Messiah:
“And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I the LORD have spoken. (Ezekiel 34:24)
That is astounding!
He was an ordinary human who became extraordinary because of his passionate reliance and dependency on the Lord His God.
Because of his faith, David was chosen to replace Saul as the King of Israel. Because God recognized him as a “man after my own heart.”
“But now (Saul) your kingdom shall not endure. The LORD has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over His people…” (1 Samuel 13:14)
Despite being one of the most famous men who has ever lived, and one of the most important Bible characters in the history of the world . . . to me, David is just my big brother in Christ. He is someone who I look forward to meeting, and teasing, one day.
“Dude, you know that you were a total drama queen when you lived back on the old earth. Right? I mean, c’mon, you totally were.”
And he’ll reply, “Oh yeah! Totally.”
(LOL. . . .Well, who knows? But I nonetheless entertain myself with such imaginings.)
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Okay, so you know those reading plans that give you daily assignments so that you can read through the Bible chronologically in one year? Well, so far, it’s been five years and I’m in the book of Jeremiah. I’m so slow because I often skip a day, or a week, or even a month. Plus, I typically re-read my daily assignment; sometimes over and over for several weeks. (Gotta be OCD with the Bible!)
Since I’m new to the “grace message,” to a complete understanding of the New Covenant, it seems like I am reading the Bible for the first time. Even though I’ve been saved for 26 years.
Anyway, this slow and careful reading style allowed me to really get to know David. And I fell in love with him while reading through his life story and all of his poetry. When I came to his death in the book of 1 Kings, I started crying. I remember exactly where I was sitting in my house when that happened. I realized how much I would miss him. I felt so sad that his life came to the end; it was like a good friend had left me.
I hope that one day on the new earth, he will come to regard me also as a good friend. And I hope he will laugh when I tease him about being a drama queen. Such mood swings; such melodramatic laments at times. But maybe that’s what I love best about him, because his emotional outbursts were often channeled toward his praise of God. (Such as Psalm 103). When you read David’s Psalms, you see that David completely trusted in God. He knew that God is good; that God is trustworthy; that God is kind.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.
Of course, we all know that David was not a perfect person; his adultery with Bathsheba and the way he orchestrated the murder of her husband are notorious stories. David fully acknowledged his own sinfulness; he was completely acquainted with his own depravity. He didn’t try to hide it; he was a man who lived in reality.
But he pleased God because he had true faith. His heart trusted completely in the Lord. And God honors David’s faith throughout the Bible. In Jeremiah, it is implied that the Messiah came because of David! That is was for David that the Messiah is raised up!
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land. (Jeremiah 23:5)
David did not get to live in the days of the New Covenant, in the days following the resurrection of the Righteous Branch. As a result, there was so much that David did not understand, and perhaps that is what caused his mood swings.
“Take not thy Holy Spirit from me,” was spoken by a man who did not have the opportunity to be born again by the Holy Spirit. Certainly, the Spirit “came upon” David at times, but not in an abiding, eternal way.
For us today, we know that the Holy Spirit will never leave us or forsake us. It is because we are “raised up” with Jesus; we are resurrected from the dead, just as Jesus was.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)
David looked forward to the resurrection; we look back to it. I think it’s at the Second Coming that the dead in Christ will rise first – so does that mean that David will be with us during the Millennial Reign of Christ? I hope so! But whatever happens, we know that David has a fantastic future ahead of him: everlasting life with the God whom he loved and trusted in with all of his heart!