David the Prophet

Yesterday I discussed Melchizedek and the incredible revelation that is in Psalm 110.

Psalm 110 was written by King David. Today I want to talk about why David was such a great prophet.

David Believed God

We know from the incident with Uzzah, son of Abinadab (2 Sam. 6), that David didn’t really know the Law of Moses as a young man. As a young king, he tried to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem, but he transported it on an ox-cart. When the ark shook, Uzzah grabbed it, and God killed him for touching it.

David went home for three months, and he apparently spent that time reading the Law. When he came back it was with Levites and poles to carry the ark the way it was supposed to be carried.

Ignorance, however, didn’t stop David from believing God. He was a worshiper of God from a young age. Even as a shepherd, he was a warrior, doing his job protecting the sheep with all his heart. He tells us that he killed both lion and bear in defense of his sheep, all in preparation for his battle with Goliath and later for his time as shepherd of God’s sheep.

David Loved God

The attitude David showed when he found out that Goliath was mocking the armies of the living God shows his attitude toward God. He was fiercely defensive of Yahweh. The Psalms show an honor and love for God that had to have begun while he was still tending flocks for his father.

David Loved the Word of God

There is no expression of praise for the commands, precepts, statutes, and laws of God than Psalm 119, unless it be the much shorter Psalm 19, also written by David. He not only loved the Scriptures, and the words that came to him from the prophets, but he was convinced that the teachings that came from God were the route to victory, joy, conquest … in a word, they were everything. He knew they were to be obeyed and not just said.

We Can Be the Same

There’s not a lot of “deep” insight into David in this post. It’s simple. David believed God like a child, loved God, and loved his teachings. He diligently applied those teachings to his life, and he became king, prophet, psalmist, and the eternal house of Jesus was from his bloodline.

We may not be called (well, are not called) to be everything David was, but we are called to be “all we can be.” The route to that is the same as it was for David: believe God, love God, and love the teachings of God.

Hearing God

I have had conversations over the last couple years with two people over the internet, and I have had long-term and recent discussions with local friends that have trouble even understanding what “hearing God” means.

I’m going to dodge that whole issue and talk about what’s normative in Christianity. What is normative is that we would all receive the Spirit, that our old men would dream dreams, and that our young men would prophesy (Acts 2). It is normative that when we come together, the prophets would speak one by one, and that all of us would bring a psalm, a revelation, a language, an interpretation, etc.

I don’t care if you believe languages have passed away or are unimportant. That’s not the point. The point is from Adam to whoever the last Christian mentioned in the Bible is, God has been speaking with his people both individually and corporately. Surely, 1 John is one of the last letters written that we have in our “New Testament,” and it tells us that “the Anointing” will lead us into all things, be true and not a lie, and make us people who “know.”

That can only happen if we have the “Spirit of wisdom and revelation” that Paul prayed we would have.

Mind you, I think it is important–nay, mandatory–to remember that the Anointing leads “y’all,” not just you by yourself, into reliable truth. Individuals confidently relying on Jesus and the Scriptures alone cannot be trusted (Heb. 3:13). It is the church that is the pillar and support of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). Nonetheless, the church is nothing more than the sum of its members, the body of Christ, and it finds the truth by “speaking the truth to one another in love” (Eph. 4:11-16).

David was a prophet to whom great truths were revealed. The foundation of that friendship with God that produce the revelation of God in his life was his free, abandoned, passionate, fearless love for God and his confident trust that whatever God said was the best way to live.

That is our route to fellowship with God as well.

<p style=”margin-left: 40px; font-face: Garamond; “>You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. From now on, I do not call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing. Instead, I have called you friends because everything that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. … In that day, you will ask me nothing. Truly, truly, I tell you that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you. (Jn. 15:14-15; 16:23)</p>




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