CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 43

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 1:30 ” Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day”.

David at the very point before his exist from this life had to confirm his declaration that his son Solomon would be king after him.

One of the greatest blessings of a leader is to have a worthy successor after you. In the case of David, he was the only king among the kings of Israel who enthroned his successor in his lifetime. This event crowned the glorious life of David. Once again, we learn that a life given to absolute trust in God as well as submission to the will of God would make one very successful. The Lord God laid down the principle for making a successful life in Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy way prosperous and thou shall have good success”. Whether we succeed or fail is our own creation. From Joshua account we see that, it is not God who makes a man to fail or succeed. The manual, that is God’s word is there for us to follow and obey. This was the lifestyle of David. He was given solely to God and his word. He had a prosperous and a good successful life.

We also realized in the passage that Absalom’s brother Adonijah decided to announce himself king even when his father had not said so. He conferred with men like Joab, and Abiathar the priest to imposed his kingship over Israel. Meanwhile the king had earlier sworn to Bathsheba that her son Solomon would be king. How was Bathsheba going to solve the problem? A direct confrontation would be bloody and foolish. She conferred with the prophet Nathan who advised her to go see David and rehearse all that  king David had said to her concerning Solomon. We also face challenges which we attempt to solve headlong, instead of going to the word of God and standing on what God has said. By knowing and acting on what the Lord has said or done about that particular situation the problem would die a natural death. Certain problems need to be talked at the root, not the leaves. She went to the root of the problem and uprooted it once and for all and that was the end of the opposition that could have turned bloody.

ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE ROOT CAUSE (WHAT GOD HAS SAID) AND DEAL FROM THERE.

   CONFESSION

God’s word is the final rule on every matter of faith and conduct, as I stand on what it says every case is settled. Nothing in this universe can challenge the authority of the scriptures. By his word I am always a winner.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Psalms 119:89-90 ” Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.”

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