Today we commence a new series as we follow keystone moments in the life of David, the shepherd boy who became the greatest King of Israel. Personally, I love the story of David and am really looking forward to studying in great detail and sharing with you what I learn.
Why are we considering David’s life?
Well, there are a few reasons. The most immediate and practical one is I like to do an Old Testament series in Term 3 each year. This is just part of a practice I have adopted as a preacher. I think it’s important we always aim for a steady diet of both the New and Old Testament.
Secondly, David in so many ways foreshadows Christ. Take for example today’s text (1 Samuel 16) where the son from Bethlehem is anointed as God’s chosen king and the Spirit descends powerfully upon him for the ministry that is ahead. As we examine David’s life, we will be drawn towards, in the words of Matthew ‘Jesus the Messiah the son of David’ (Matt. 1:1). Whenever Christ is foreshadowed, his glory and perfection is heightened. So yes, while we will study David, the end goal is not to learn more about David, but indeed to learn more about Christ.
Thirdly, given the scriptures place so much importance on one’s heart, I feel it would be helpful for us to really explore what it means to have a heart after God’s. After all, when God looks at us, that is what He concentrates on. Consider this: we are commanded to love the Lord with all our heart (Dt. 10:12), serve the Lord with all our heart (Jos. 22:5), trust in the Lord with all our heart (Pr. 3:5) and seek the Lord with all our heart (Jer. 29:13).
Solomon must have learnt a thing or two from his old man, Proverbs 4:23 proves it: ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’
Whether we know it or not, we live life from the heart. It drives who we are (character) and what we do (behaviour). Therefore, for the sake of God’s glory and kingdom, may He grant each of us in increasing measure a heart after His own.
Your loving pastor,