In 1 Chronicles 28, a public prayer David uttered at the end of his life is recorded.
“Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (NIV)
At the end of his life, King David still gives God all the glory. This is in direct contrast to King Saul who early on in his reign developed a proud heart which not only destroyed him but his family as well. Saul became insanely jealous when he heard the songs which said he had killed thousands but David had killed tens of thousands. David on the other hand, recognized that he was merely the instrument that God had chosen to use. David knew that it was God who delivered his enemies into his hand and therefore it was really God rather than David who had delivered Israel from its enemies.
When King Saul was confronted with his sin, he made excuses or even lied. One example of this was when Saul did not destroy all of the Amalekites and their possessions. When caught red-handed, (Samuel could hear all the animals in the background even as Saul declared he had obeyed God to the letter) Saul attempted to justify his sin by saying he had only done it so that he could give it to God.
On the other hand, when David is confronted by the prophet Nathan in regards to his adultery with Bathsheba and the muder of Bathsheba's husband, he does not excuse his behavior. He acknowledges his sin, repents and accepts God's judgement as just.
At the end of his days, David acknowledges that all that he has, all that he has done comes from God and God alone. David does not praise or exalt himself. He praises God and God alone. He recognizes who God is and acts accordingly. Despite all of his victories, despite all the glory and blessing he has received, David remained humble and thankful, giving God all of the glory.
In the Book of Acts, Paul says,
After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22 (NIV)
Despite his failures, God Himself had called David a man after His own heart. Why? Because David loved God and he demonstrated that love by striving to walk in humble obedience even after he was annointed and later became king.
What will you say at the end of your days?
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