1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David. Matthew 1:1 NKJV
King David was not only the king of Israel, but he also held a special position in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the eternal King of Kings. This divine honoring of David makes it worth meditating upon his life to learn what it was that made David so important to God. As we study, we see that it was his faithful heart toward God that pleased the Lord so. In each trial or celebration of joy, David shared his deepest yearnings with the Lord, thanking Him for each blessing and trusting in Him to get through each trial.
Like us, David had significant failings, but God saw beyond those flaws to see his faithful heart of love toward Him and others.
David initially had been anointed king of Israel by the prophet Samuel, fifteen to twenty years before the elders came together to re-anoint him king over the entire nation. There were several years of conflict and drama between the death of Saul and the national acceptance of David as Israel’s king. David chose to sit back and let the promised kingdom come to him through God’s hand rather than to take it through his own initiative. By observing how David conducted himself during each challenge, the nation came to admire him, and chose David as their king, rather than having him forced upon them. This was a high point in the nation’s history.
3 Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 2 Samuel 5:3-4 NKJV
Both the people and God were pleased with David as king. God granted David favor in the people’s eyes, just as He grants us favor with key people to get through difficult situations today.
Why did God do that? What did David have that pleased God that Saul did not?
I believe the answer is faith. Faith to seek an intimate relationship with God, faith to trust God, faith to take God at His word, and to believe that God would do what He said He would. This faith exhibited itself each time David showed restraint toward Saul, choosing not harm him to protect himself, simply because Saul had been anointed as Israel’s first king by God Himself.
Saul had been chosen for the people, to serve and protect them, but ended up serving himself. Israel’s second king, David, was chosen for God – “I have provided for myself a king.” He would walk with God and exhibit a great faith which pleased God, despite several human failings and shortcomings. This can be an encouragement to us who fail on a regular basis.
If David’s faithful heart was what pleased the Lord, how do we achieve or acquire one? What steps can we take to become more faithful and pleasing to God in our daily lives?
The Bible gives us some guidance:
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
Faith pleases God, but it is also a gift from God. We increase our faith by spending time in the word of God, reading and meditating upon it. Through His word, God speaks to each of our spirits, strengthening us and giving us exactly what we need to successfully get through each day. He pours out His Holy Spirit in abundance into the hearts of believers to lead us, guide us and give us faith, faith that relieves the fears and anxieties caused by the trials which confront us each day.
What does “faithfulness” look like? How do we demonstrate faithfulness in our day-to-day life? How do we “turn around” any unfaithfulness we have towards the Lord?
Isaiah 55 gives us some guidance:
6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:6-7 ESV