David’s Spiritual Secret
When we get to the end of everything--what is left? In other words, what will last forever?
Revelation 22 ends with God, Heaven and one more element—servants serving God.
Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. (NKJV)
Revelation 22:6, 9 Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. 9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” (NKJV)
So who are God's servants and how do they serve? That is what God's Word is all about. If we are to someday spend eternity serving God, how are we doing at our current serving?
There are almost three thousand biographical portraits in the Bible. In fact, the Bible is the single greatest source of biographical information from antiquity. There are more different individuals from a wider scope of history recorded in God's Word than any other single source in the world.
Most of the lives recorded in the Bible are only mentioned by name, but some are very clearly examined and analyzed by God. Those deeply explained lives give us great reasons to pause and listen to what God may have to say about them. After all He took the time and went to all the effort to capture these portraits for us and then delivered them to us in a forever settled in Heaven’s book—the Bible.
So, whose life is considered important to God? Well, who did God chose to write more about than any other single person in the whole history of the world? The answer is the young man we are going to meet this morning.
Acts 13:22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will." (NKJV)
And what does someone look like that is “God-hearted”? It is a whole new way of looking at life as Paul continues and says—
Acts 13:36 For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed. (NIV)
David was “God-hearted” which meant he served God’s purposes. The word “served” is the verb form (hupereteo) of the word for an under rower (huperetes) that we have often studied as a model of how to serve the Lord.
David was under God’s command, he did what the Lord asked him to do, willingly unseen and obscure—always wanting the Lord to get all the glory. A simpler way to say that is—David was God’s servant all his days. No wonder Paul uses the very same concept to describe his own life and ministry.
1 Kings 15:5 because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. (NKJV)
There are more chapters (141) devoted to the life of David than any other person next to God Himself—in all of His Word. That is a profound truth.
We know more about David’s words, thoughts, fears, strengths and weaknesses—than anyone else who has ever lived. And we know about all that from God Himself, and from His perspective. But that’s not all. We also know one very important thing for sure—it is God Himself who tells us about David. David was God’s man--His heart was after God, and for God. David was serving God as a servant of the Lord for life.
David is the most described man in the Bible for a reason—God has made him our prime Old Testament example of the life of God’s servants. Today I’d like for you to study God's Word with me and see what I like to call David’s Spiritual Secret.
Let’s read the start of a great biography, divinely penned by the Author of All Things—God Himself as he introduces us to David in 1st Samuel 16:1-13.
What is a person’s life like when they are committed to being God’s servant? God wants to explain that to us! First--
David’s life was on God's mind. God uses the unchangeable features of servants for His Glory!
David’s family life again shows God's grace. He was not oldest, strongest or most likely to succeed. He was overlooked and even abused. But what matters is if God has His hand upon you! God uses our circumstances! David is the youngest, David is neglected, David is unwanted, and David is left out. Yet with all that potential life warping treatment—David just keeps following the Lord he loved. God’s choice of the younger over the elder is another picture of His grace as we’ve already seen with Abel, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and now see with David!
1 Samuel 16:11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”
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