Hurry Up And Wait (Part 11)
Case Studies: David
Now the Lord said to Samuel... 'I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.'
1 Samuel 16:1 (NKJV)
So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, 'Surely the Lord's anointed is before Him!' But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'
1 Samuel 16:6-7 (NKJV)
Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, 'The Lord has not chosen these.' 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.' So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, 'Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!' Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.
1 Samuel 16:10-13 (NKJV)
Recall this definition of 'hurry up and wait': a rising star who exceeds expectations and performs with excellence regardless of circumstance or time.
David was a 'hurry up and wait' hero. His story is an action-packed drama--filled with love, courage, intrigue, betrayal, loss and victory. The Psalms reveal David's torment. Much more, they reveal his faith: a relentless faith in the God of justice and wonder.
Depending on whom you're asking, David was anointed king by the prophet Samuel between the ages of 10 and 15. But he did not assume his throne until age 30. His 15 years of waiting brought David triumph as a giant slayer. He became King Saul's #1 warrior and son-in-law.
They also brought David anguish as a cave-dweller. He became a fugitive, running from the same king who now sought his life. David knew how to hurry, and he knew how to wait. In considering his adventures, David's life had many golden moments.
But I believe his biggest break was not a rise but a fall. It happened when he was confronted by the prophet Nathan: 'Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife' (2 Samuel 12:9).
David's first response? Confession: 'David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against the Lord' ' (v.13). His next step? Heart-felt repentance: 'Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin' (Psalm 51:1-2).
Throughout his life, David was a man of the heart. He showed us that a good king is a humble king: 'The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart--these, O God, You will not despise' (Psalm 51:17). He's the only Bible hero God describes as 'A man after My Own Heart' (Acts 13:22).
David was a rising star who exceeded expectations and performed with excellence regardless of circumstance or time.
To Be Continued...
Studies on David:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.