David is our focus and the reason he's such a special focus--- and I think that you will agree, as we look at his life in a broad perspective. The reason that it's such a vital focus is because he was a man that is so much like all of us. He loved God and yet he falls so often. He falls prey to temptation, discouragement and sin. Yet we find him constantly being encouraged. We find him constantly pursuing righteousness with his life. We find him conquering the flesh and sin and the tempter. And we find him most of all being involved in that which is not only what God desires from us now but what we're going to be involved in for all eternity--- and that's worshiping God. It's one of the only things that the Scripture says that God is constantly longing for from us.
He seeketh us to worship Him and why we're like David so much is he's just like us and he blows it a lot and yet he offers acceptable worship. And as Chaucer said if the gold doth rust what will the iron do? And so because we are made of iron and we rust so often God accepts worship from us if we come energized by His Spirit, confessing our sins and approaching Him.
In fact, David and Psalms (1/2 he wrote) mirror nearly all our lives the ups and downs!
Pastor John Barnett has been devouring the Word of God for over 30 years. John, now the teaching pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan has served congregations in Oklahoma, New England, Georgia and California. He also served on the Faculty of the Master's College...