I found this fantastic promise in the word this morning. Part of God's restoration heart is that every one of his people should be like his servant David. Of course the greater purpose of God is that we should all be like Christ, but being like David can illuminate some important things. Here's what it means to me:
- Every man with his heart caught by the purpose of God
- Every man with an abundant and enduring anointing of the Holy Spirit
- Every man a passionate worshiper who seeks to give God the glory due his name with every fibre of his being.
- Every man under authority, submitted to those whom the Lord has placed over him: preferring to be wronged rather than to lay a hand on the Lord's anointed
- Every man a bold warrior who extends the kingdom in one victory after another no matter what the opposition.
- Every man preparing those who will succeed him to continue where he left off.
How great it would be if even the weakest amongst us was like David! Yet this is God's heart for his church.
I also believe it is a warning. David's failings are presented to us as well as his successes. David shows us that no man, no matter how great, is beyond the reach of moral compromise. Our battle is not without an enemy, and this enemy would seek to destroy us. The way he does this is not by putting colds and coughs on us, as some believers seem to think. His MO is to tempt and to accuse. He would seek to seduce us into moral compromise under the deception that it is secret and no-one will know, and so seek to disqualify us from ministry, or else so accuse us by our past failings that we disqualify ourselves.
I feel stirred that we must be prepared and on our guard against such temptations and accusations. For a man to be powerfully used by God he must lay hold of and remain in the grace of God, and master the sin on his doorstep (Ge 4:7).