Well, this is a wrap up of a very condensed review of David’s life. Too condensed, I’m afraid. As I tried to abbreviate his exploits and adventures he may have been obscured. I found him only in stepping back from the craziness and aberrant behavior to see him as God must have made him; human, deeply flawed and foolish at times, but with a heart that always returned to God through his giftedness.
God fully demonstrated His heart of forgiveness and patience. We would hope for only a small measure of that in our own wanderings. David’s was wrapped up in the intrigue as in a cheap, predictable novel that few would have the motivation to write, and only a few would find believable.
We might debate David’s reasoning when he declared outrageously, as he speaks to the Lord; “Against thee only have I sinned!”. Not against Bathsheba, or Uriah her husband. Not against Joab who sent him to his death. Not even against David’s own child who died in his infancy (as was said the result of his iniquities). True, all of these were violations of the Spirit rather than the legal code of the land; but what about God’s law, we wonder?
David was indirectly the recipient of inventions – even distortions of Jewish scholars who referred to him as “the light of Israel”. In the end, perhaps one of his most demonstrated weaknesses was the love of his son Absalom who early on visioned himself as king. The story is one of a flawed father, an unexpectedly powerful wife, Bathsheba, and of a number of defiant sons.
David was replaced by Absalom, and he, David, weeps as he seeks release in the wilderness as he had done before. He later returns after Absalom’s murder. Re- energized he throws himself into building an elaborately splendid temple in honor of his son Solomon.
The narrative continues with the totally modified behavior of Solomon, who was favored with what the one thing he asked God for; Wisdom. He received well beyond that; riches and respect from all he encountered. He yielded to his father David’s final request, however, to render judgement (death and revenge) upon his adversaries.
The book of Kings offers as a preamble to David’s death;” Now King David was old and stricken in years and they covered him with clothes, but “he gat no heat”. A young lady was commissioned lie with him to provide that for him. He is said not to have “known” her.
We may all draw our own conclusions from a broader reading of scripture as to the relationship between David and God. Suffice it to say God honored him with a long life and spoke into his heart many times as he wrote many of the Psalms that has had the greatest impact of any poetry or song has ever delivered upon mankind. We count that as full evidence of David’s abiding love; particularly as we read the Twenty-third Psalm as perhaps the greatest of all.
The Psalm concludes “Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me”, and; ” I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. One could not help but think if David can make it there, so can we. And,in someone’s words; “Yes we can”.