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May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. (Psalm 19:14, MSG)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Secret to David's Success (2 Samuel 22)

Wow, I could camp out in 2 Samuel 22 for a week.  There are tons of suggestions on finding the "right

direction," for instance, which intrigue me.

But I want to focus on the secret to David's success, why he was a man after God's own heart, in spite of his many failings. This is a longer passage than I usually quote, but this is too good to pass up:

Indeed, I've kept alert to God's ways;
I haven't taken God for granted.
Every day I review the way he works,
I try not to miss a trick.
I feel put back together
and I'm watching my step.
God rewrote the text of my life
when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.
2 Samuel 22:21-25

"I haven't taken God for granted." That says it all. David was passionate, sold-out for God. He knew from the rock-bottom foundation of his heart that everything he was, every would be, was meant to be--all was grounded in God and His goodness.  That with God nothing was impossible, but by himself, he was helpless. 

How do I know this? For one thing, he said so. For another, he showed it. He didn't go to war without God's okay. When he did, he was fearless--killing a giant with a slingshot? C'mon. Foolish. But not to David and his God. He offered extravagant, abundant sacrifices, of song and dance, animals and grain. 

David made his relationship with God a daily priority.  "Every day I review the way he works." He meditated, he reviewed what he knew, he prayed. I expect he asked forgiveness on a daily basis as well, with the notable exception of his sin with Uriah and Bathsheba. 

And no matter how well he knew God--he wanted more. I try not to miss a trick. He reviewed what he

knew about God, compared it to the law and to his experience. His relationship wasn't static; it was constantly growing. He also didn't want to miss out when God started something new. He was there, on top of it.

As a result, God rewrote the text of his life.

Lord, let me have that kind of passion for You. 


  1. I love the pic for "rewrote," good one :)

    Thank you Darlene, I have often wondered why God (and it was God) considered him a man after God's heart.


  2. God may i please have that passion for you also


  3. Kathy, Chris, thank you both for all your support! These daily comments are a terrific encouragement.