Love for God
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind“.- Matthew 22:37
King David knew God so well that God was very pleased with him; such that Jesus came through the lineage of David and also promised to establish His throne forever. And all over today, Jesus is called the Son of David. Despite the biblical record of some faults and failures in the life of David, David commands so much respect in heaven that Jesus Christ our Lord came from the loin of David. The name of David became a name that is reckoned with, all over the world.
How did David command God's presence that in him alone is a king, a prophet and a priest? When King Saul offered a sacrifice because Prophet Samuel was late, God sanctioned Saul; Samuel declared God's judgment on Saul that his kingdom had ceased to exist and that it had been given to another.
And Samuel said to Saul, thou has done foolishly: thou has not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which He commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord has sought Him a man after his own heart... - I Samuel 13:13-14.
But in the case of David, though no one was permitted to wear ephod except the priest, David wore ephod and ate the showbread; yet God spared him. This was all because David was favoured. May you also find God's favour in all you do, Amen. Favour does not look fair; the Bible never said God is fair, but God is just because He looks at the hearts of men. In David, God saw a heart that loves Him.
Scholars do not know much about the mother of David. Their guess had been that David was either born out of wedlock or his parents did not plan to have a baby at the time he came. Jesse must have thought he had enough children; but most times, those we despise, or reject are the ones used by God for His glory. Logically, one could safely conclude that David was not desired by his parents. If not, after David was anointed in the home of his father in the presence of his father and brothers, Jesse would have protected David by not allowing him to go the wilderness again after having recounted his experience with the lion and the bear. How can a father still expose his son who is the king-to-be to wild animals in the forest, if not for the fact that the son is not the father's beloved?
David had enough reasons to be pampered; he was the last son of the family, he had previously encountered wild animals in the forest and to crown it all, he was the future king of Israel. Yet, the father still sent him to the war front to take food to his brothers. But brethren, do you know it was in the course of obeying Jesse that the destiny of David manifested? If David hadn't obeyed his father by taking food to his brothers on the war front, he wouldn't have had the opportunity of fighting Goliath.
Many times, what we call problem or human hatred becomes what God uses for our uplifting; what people call trouble becomes a future testimony/triumph. Many times, the father's pampering or the multi-coloured coat will not get you to the palace; in some cases, you have to go to the pit, the Potiphar’s house or even the prison, though you have been falsely accused.
Prayer: Help me Lord to love you with all my heart and to joyfully go through the path you have laid out for me because I know that the thought you have towards me is of good and not of evil and that all things are working for my good in JESUS NAME.
Further Reading: Psalms 89:20-34
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Leviticus 27:14-; Numbers 1:54; Mark 11:1-26; Psalm 46:1-11; Proverbs 10:23