Like Leonard Cohen, I’ve been pretty curious about that secret chord that David played that pleased the Lord. I wanted to know what it was that was so special about David. What was it that made him a man after God’s own heart.
How could I be like David? How could I be…special?
David was special, right? Killed a giant. Wrote the Psalms. War hero. Legendary king.
He was a hero, but he was also a zero. Think about it. In one turn of events, he broke eight of the ten commandments. Adultery. Murder. Pretty low if you ask me.
But, then I hear the words of the Psalms. I heard a heart that is longing for God. I heart a heart that is alive and on fire. And, I know. David is me. David is you.
You see, David is the anointed. He’s the chosen one. In the New Testament, we read of how we can all be sons of God. We can be like Jesus. We can have a heart like his. We can be anointed.
Read Romans 8.
How do we live the Christian life? By the Spirit. We have an anointing from God. We are the chosen people. We are the blessed people. We are David. I am David. You are David. You’re his seed. You’re his promise. Why? Because you are the body of Christ.
So, what does that mean? What are we to do?
Live with your heart on fire for God, alive in the Spirit, and always living in the reality that God is alive and he’s all we need.
That’s what David did. He found God in the tough times and in the sad times and in the plentiful times and in the good times. He found him on the mountain and he found him in the valley.
So, we can know that God is with us, and we can say with David, “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art with me.” His rod and his staff guide us. He prepares us a table in the presence of our enemies. Surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.