Re : Vitalise | The Secret behind King David’s Fame (King Davids Accomplishments )
I recently became fascinated with the story of King David. He is one of the most famous people in the Bible and considered Israel’s greatest king. But besides having heard the “David and Goliath” story from Sunday School, I never actually took the time to learn much more about him.
In this 3-week series, #TheKingDavidStory, I’m going to walk you through the story of King David’s life. His ups and his downs. And we will discover why (after everything he’s done) he wasI still considered a man after God’s own heart.
1st and 2nd Samuel and 1st Kings are the books of the Bible that recount the story of King David. So, those are the books of the Bible we’ll be discussing. Are you ready?
What Did David Do? – The Accomplishments
Let's just go through all of the major accomplishments he did during his lifetime.
1. Anointed by Samuel to be the next King of Israel
King David reigned over Israel for nearly 40 years. He started from small beginnings as a lowly shepherd boy and was anointed by the prophet Samuel to replace Saul as King of Israel.
2. Defeated Goliath
Before he was king, he defied all odds and defeated the Philistinian giant, Goliath. He also, unfortunately, spent most of his time running for his life from the jealous King Saul.
3. Established Jerusalem as the Capital
As King of Israel, David was loved by the people and was a strong military leader for the nation. During his reign, he unified Israel and established Jerusalem as the capital of his kingdom.
4. Moved the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem
He also moved the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, affirming Jerusalem as the capital and religious centre.
5. He was a Talented Musician
King David was also a talented musician. He played the harp and wrote many of the Psalms.
6. He Loved God
But most importantly, he had a deep love for God. One of the more humorous verses (regarding King David) is where he is overjoyed and dancing before the Lord, in celebration and Thanksgiving.
The Secret Behind King David’s Fame
You might be wondering, so exactly why was King David so blessed? Was he just one of those fortunate people that God (just so happened) to choose?
Well, not quite. Although it’s easy to think that way.
The reason as to why David was selected to be king comes from Acts 13:22
“I am pleased with David, he will do anything I tell him to do.”
God was pleased with David because he will do everything God told him to do.
So, THAT’S what set David apart from everyone else? That’s the reason why he was chosen and anointed the next King of Israel?
What’s interesting is the first king of Israel, King Saul, also had blessing and favour in his life. But (like many before and after him) he became arrogant. And he stopped obeying the word of God.
Here is a verse regarding this from 1 Samuel 13:13 (the Prophet Samuel is speaking):
“You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end.”
Saul had God’s favour, and he was even anointed King of Israel. But then, it was all taken away. The reason? Because Saul didn’t keep the command the Lord God gave him.
God removed Saul from power and anointed David the next King of Israel. God was searching for a man who was willing to follow and obey everything that was asked of him. And because of David’s obedience to God, he was favoured by his people. He had military success and was extremely blessed.
2 Chronicles 16:9 says;
“The Lord’s eyes keep on roaming throughout the earth, looking for those whose hearts completely belong to him.”
God is looking for people whose hearts belong to him. This wasn’t just applicable for then. God is still looking for people who are willing to do everything he tells them to do.
God wants to know if you will obey him, even in the small, everyday things.
Have you felt God’s pushed to do something in obedience? It can be hard and uncomfortable, but I think it’s safe to say that a life of obedience to God is better than a life of disobedience.
God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He just wants to know where our heart lies. He wants to know that he is a priority in your life.
Written by Ama Ghana @seekyefirstjesus
Ama Ghana is a Servant of God and the Founder of Seek Ye First Christian blog.
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The God that gave Jesus Christ to us:
This the WHAT
John 3:16-18 The Message (MSG)
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him."**
And we (using #faith, a bit like #electricity, we know it's there because the lights come on) accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and get to know Him each day, as we would our own dear friends, loved ones, a spouse.
This is the WHY
"It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit."**
In exchange for following Jesus, you will receive peace, freedom, joy (that's laughter whilst your awake, peace whilst you sleep), it will be hard, your friends may disown you because you've become "one of us" but guess what even if you have a tough day, you will never be alone again.
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This is your YES
"Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your life for me and forgiving me of my sins so I can have a personal relationship with You. I am sincerely sorry for the mistakes I've made, and I know I need You to help me live right.
Your Word says in Romans 10:9, "If you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His Power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
I believe You are the Son of God, and I confess You as my Saviour and Lord. Take me just as I am, and work in my heart, making me the person You want me to be. I want to live for You, Jesus, and I am so grateful to You for giving me a fresh start in my new life with You today. I love you, Jesus!"**
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