David’s Rock

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about…David…Hebrews 11:32e

I think we all would have been disappointed if David hadn't appeared in this Hall of Faith. So much has been written about this man. The very fact that we know as much about his moral failures as we do his successes is, in a sense, reassuring. Yes, he reigned over Judah for seven years and over all of Israel for 30, but his life and his writings was an open book. In his young adventures with Goliath or his dealings with Saul, we see a man characterized by faith. Of course, he sinned greatly along the way, but he got back on the right path again and had to pay dearly for his sins.

Later in his life, we get a glimpse of his prayers: "my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent men you save me"  2 Samuel 2:3 and elsewhere in 2 Samuel 2:47, "The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!" David's life was extremely rocky. His life was threatened numerous times. But needed a solid foundation; he needed God.

Most of us probably haven't been threatened or mistreated as David was. But we do know the fickleness of life. We know what it's like to have our dreams shattered and our world turned upside down. We can climb on the same Rock David was on. We can rest in the "cleft of the rock" as the old hymn goes.

We can do that daily.

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