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Our Last Days as Men

2 Samuel 23

Now these are the last words of David:

The oracle of David, the son of Jesse,
    the oracle of the man who was raised on high,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
    the sweet psalmist of Israel:

2 “The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me;
    his word is on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel has spoken;
    the Rock of Israel has said to me:
When one rules justly over men,
    ruling in the fear of God,
4 he dawns on them like the morning light,
    like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning,
    like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

5 “For does not my house stand so with God?
    For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
    ordered in all things and secure.
For will he not cause to prosper
    all my help and my desire?
6 But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away,
    for they cannot be taken with the hand;
7 but the man who touches them
    arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear,
    and they are utterly consumed with fire.”

David’s last words spoke volumes of his life on earth. It revealed what was in his heart and the life he lived. First thing we see in his life was that he was always communicating with God. The language he used implies that there was a constant close communication with the Lord. David was described as a man who inquires of the Lord.  God’s word was on David’s tongue. The word guided him.

illustration-King-David-playing-the-harpSecond thing we see is that David tells us to lead justly. As men of God, we are called to lead like God. God is just thus we lead justly. To be just is  to give people the rights they have. That means as a family man, I lead by providing the basic needs of my family. That includes a decent house, food to eat, right to be educated and other basic human needs. But David went beyond what the world requires and described his leadership in the context of the fear of God. The healthy fear of God protects the man from being a tyrant. Thus we see David not wanting to kill King Saul or even destroy his kids. He was a man of authority because he was under God’s authority. A man surrendered to God becomes a very fruitful man in all aspects.

And lastly, he is not just surrendered to God but also his whole household. He leads his home spiritually. He is the pastor dad in the house. He was not perfect. He had rebellious kids but he also exemplified kindness and honor. It shows us that we might not be perfect men but we can never say that our parenting dictates the future of our kids but (a big but), it does not mean I won’t do my role as a father to lead, protect, teach and provide.