Friday, 11 September 2015

D - David



One of the things I love about David of the bible is that he was 100% human!  He raged at the Lord, and He praised the Lord.  He humbled himself when he realized the error of his ways.  Although pride got the better of him occasionally, when he recognized it, he surrendered himself back to the Lord and asked forgiveness and moved on in worship to our God.

Reading about him makes me feel normal.  Does that sound odd?  Its because sometimes I really let the Lord know what I feel about an issue.  And then I feel awful.  Reading about David has got me to realize that he too let the Lord know how he felt.  When he felt defeated, or depressed, he went to the Lord.  When he felt strong and courageous, he thanked the Lord.  When he felt joyful, he was joyful unto the Lord.

And when you realize that David suffered the consequences of his actions and he did so with grace and humility, and he STILL loved the Lord, and he STILL knew that every breath of his was from the Lord, and he STILL worshipped and praised the Lord, it makes me realize how gracious and merciful the Lord is to me.


I deserve way worse in consequences than I often get and I believe that this is because of the Lord.  Not because of anything I do!  He remains faithful, even when I am unfaithful.  God cannot change who He is, because He is, well.... God!  It is me, and you, who need to keep seeking to be more like Him.  David is an amazing example of a human being with lots of frailties, but a heart that wants to be more like his God.  A man who knows without God, he is nothing.  It is through David and his Psalms that I see a God with a father's heart!  His discipline and guidance are for our benefit, not for some control and mind games because He rules.  No, God disciplines us because He loves us.  David shows us this in such beautiful ways in the God-inspired Psalms that he wrote.

One of the most important things I have learnt through David is to constantly ask the Lord to examine my heart.  Its not always easy to recognize ones motives through all the subjective emotions of the day.  So, David, I thank you for being real!

Psalm 26 v 2:  Examine me, O Lord, and prove me;  test my heart and my mind.

God bless my friends
Tracy

#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe that David is an example of man being real.  Who of us is always happy, always on fire, always encouraging, always perfect?  None of us and by seeing that neither was David, gives me hope and relief that I too can be real with God!  He is not overwhelmed or frightened or put off by my hurt and anger, nor my happiness when it bubbles over.  He made us, He knows us.

10 comments:

  1. Ohhhhh my sweet friend!!! This is perfect timing for me!!! I have always asked the Lord to give me a heart like David, a man ( in my case a woman), after God's own heart!!! What a amazing post and such encouragement for me!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!
    xoxox
    Stacey

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    1. Ahh Stacey, it is you who encourages me :)
      God bless

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  2. We just watched the movie on Net Flix, David and Bathsheba. Fairly accurate for the most part and very enjoyable as it showed David - human.

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    1. Hi Hazel, I must try track that movie down. I love watching movies based on biblical stories. Good to see you here again :)
      God bless

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  3. You are so right, Tracy. I am so thankful we have such examples in the Bible to show us how human they really were. We can put them on such a pedestal, but the one thing I appreciate most about David, is how when he was really confronted, he would humble himself before God and repent. Thank you for sharing what God placed upon your heart. :)

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    1. HI Cheryl, yes those biblical examples are not there for no reason, lol! David is one of the best in terms of his humanity.
      God bless

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  4. I love how he made faith look the way it is, imperfect but the determination is pure.
    So truthful.

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  5. I have the same feelings about David - he also makes me feel *normal.* His life and his psalms give me permission to be real with God. To be honest with my thoughts and feelings, even if they're not always "pretty." I love that God called David a "man after His own heart" - even though David committed some pretty grievous sins. Such a testament to the faithfulness of God to forgive, and forget, our sins. God cherishes the heart who longs for Him, even if there's some *bumps, slips, and falls* along the way!

    GOD BLESS!

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  6. And, I'm blessed to have a husband named David. Next Monday it will be 30 years of our anniversary. He's been a HUGE blessing for me. And I live in Psalms much of the time and in the history portions of the Bible and David was quite a guy and needed so much help and encouragement. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Hi Tracy, so glad to have you here with us and sharing at "Tell me a Story."

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