“And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.”
It is clear from reading about KIng David that God favored David from an early age.
“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”
“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings”
But, WHY did God favor David so?
Some say it was because David was so obedient to God’s commands.
But it is recorded in God’s Word, there were MANY times David was disobedient and sinned.
SO, it had little to do with David’s behaviors.
Some claim it was because David repented and changed his ways whenever he discovered he had sinned.
But it is recorded in God’s Word there were MANY others who repented when they discovered they had sinned.
So, AGAIN, it had little to do with David’s behaviors.
One suspects that if behavior was not the key, then perhaps David’s ATTITUDE was the reason God favored David over so many others–any of whom God could have raised up and protected.
From an EARLY age, David learned to trust the LORD for his sustenance and protection. When none of the other Israelites would face Goliath, David volunteered.
“David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”
Now, even though David trusted and obeyed the LORD, there were times when David famously SINNED.
Each time David sinned, however, he asked the LORD for mercy and to forgive his sin.
Which the LORD did.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
God smiled on David.
Exactly the reason why God’s favor alighted on David is for God to know.
Perhaps David was the PERFECT illustration that it is God’s MERCY which is supreme.
“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”
DOES the reader have any thoughts as to why God favored David as He did?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 9, 2021.]
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