“The Real David” – Pastor’s Pen June 2021

“Psalm 27: 13”

One of my heroes of the Bible is a man who went through every sort of human angst and emotion.  He sank to the depths of despair yet soared to incredible heights.  He was a true wilderness survivor, taking on the very worst that the elements could throw at him while he was still a boy.  And as a scrawny kid standing in front of a violent, jeering crowd, he struck down a giant and won the freedom of his people.  He went on to become a king and a hero.

But there is another side to his story.  He was a liar and a cheat.  He was the kind of willed man who conspired to send an innocent man to his death just so he could satisfy his heart’s desire.  King David had every reason to hate himself.  He could have spent so much of his adult life as a prisoner to guilt, self-doubt, and remorse.  Yet today, he is still seen as one of the heroes of the Bible.  Despite all his ups and downs, everything that he did well, and everything that he did wrong, the reason for David’s greatness was simple.  He knew he couldn’t do it alone.  So, King David looked beyond himself – putting his confidence in God, the only one who would never let him down.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?”  (Psalm 27:1)

I do not want to copy his mistakes, but I certainly want to love God the way David did.  I want to start my days with his words on my heart: 

“O let me rise in the morning and live always with you” (Psalm 139:18)

This month we celebrate Father’s Day.  Men, let us allow God to direct our lives and be a Godly example for our families and our communities.

In Christ’s love,
Pastor John