Currently, I’m studying the Life of David. He has been portrayed to me in the past as a sort of manic, whose ups and downs are recorded in the book of the Psalms. But interestinly enough, that view has been challenge (successfully) by a number of resources I’ve been consulting. One in particular is Mike Bickle audio teachings “Studies in the Life of David.” One particular session has caught my thoughts. It concerns David’s core realities, which Bickle considers to be intimacy with God and meekness before men.
The interesting thing about David is, while he himself records his highs and lows, they are always directed toward the Lord. Without fail, David continuously looks to God for solutions, never to his own abilities. David celebrating victory. David wondering about life. David on the run.
We can either look at David as though he’s way too in touch with his emotions–like he needs some good medication and settle down for a moment to catch his breathe–or we can face ourself in his story. It’s our wandering thoughts, our celebrations, our depression that we can see in this mighty king. This king is someone we can relate to. If we’re honest about ourselves. With ourselves.
What I enjoy about David is that he’s not too far out there. He’s no Paul (although when you look at Paul’s life, his highs and lows become more evident, he becoming more and more tangible to the imagination). He’s his own man, living his own life. From the pasture the palace, David is his own man in the making, being fashioned by God into the king who will go down in the history books as a man after God’s own heart. But few details are spared in telling the David-story, I think because the Lord wanted to display someone we can relate to as we are searching out this life for meaning and for direction and for God. David is definitley someone I can imagine myself emulating. Or just hanging out with.