Even when everything turned out well at the end, David did not lose sight of God
2 Samuel 7.1-17
Reference: v. 2 he (David) said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
Explore: David certainly didn’t always have it right. There were times when he really made a bad job of things. However, the thing I respect about David was that his heart was always turned towards God. So often in the Old Testament we find that once things get comfortable for the people of Israel, they turn to their old ways and lose focus on God. However, here is David, finally sitting on the throne of Israel which was promised to him decades ago, and yet his heart still turns towards God.
Application: Often we can be more like the Israelites than like King David. When life turns ugly we run to God and ask for help. However, when everything is on easy street we go back to relying on our own strength instead of staying focused on God. King David is a good reminder to us that no matter what situation we are in – whether we are feeling surrounded by enemies or whether our purpose has finally fallen into place – we should always turn to our Heavenly Father who desires us to live a life serving Him.
Prayer: Lord, so often I look to my own abilities and forget that with you I can do so much more. Forgive my disobedience. I thank you for your grace. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.