I LOVE HOW SCRIPTURE is so honest with its “heroes” ~ we see their flaws as well as their faith, as in the case of King David. David wasn’t perfect, but he was quick to repent. David didn’t run from God in his sin, he would receive and yield to the rebuke of God’s Word and turn and run TO God for grace and forgiveness. A man guilty of adultery and murder, he was also a man who loved God and knew God’s covenantal lovingkindness, who poured out his soul to God in worship, who longed to build God’s temple…and instead God told him HE would build DAVID’S “house,” promising an everlasting throne for one of his descendants (Jesus), the Anointed One of God. David was “a man after God’s own heart,” flawed yet faithful, zealous for God’s glory. THIS is a godly man.
(We meet David in 1 Samuel 16 when he is first anointed to be king, and follow his story through the rest of this book and 2nd Samuel, and the first part of 1 Kings. David also authored the majority of the Psalms and was known as a musician before the Lord. A few key chapters to read: 1 Samuel 17 David and Goliath, 2nd Samuel 7 God’s covenant with David, 2 Sam. 9 David’s grace toward Mephibosheth, a picture of God’s grace towards us, 2 Sam. 11-12 his sin with Bathsheba, Ps. 51 David’s repentance over that sin, Acts 13:20-25 God says David is “a man after my own heart.”)
I LOVE HOW SCRIPTURE calls out Sarah (wife of Abraham, mother of Isaac) as a “holy” woman who *adorned* (dressed/clothed) herself with submission (grace/humility/yieldedness). She is held up as the example of a woman with a quiet and gentle spirit, trusting GOD more than her husband time after time, a woman who “by faith, received strength” for the miraculous to be made manifest in her life precisely because “she judged Him faithful who had promised.” Neither “walking by faith” nor “submission” have been great hallmarks of my own life ~ I feel I am just now walking (toddling!) where I have only till now “crawled.” But I truly *aspire* to be more like Sarah in the above, and in that God gave her a NEW name, and blessed her because of HIS good pleasure. ♥ ♥ ♥
(see 1 Peter 3, Hebrews 11, and Genesis 17)
I LOVE HOW SCRIPTURE says of Mary (mother of Jesus), and the miraculous that had entered her life, that “she treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” I have far more often been the “wear your heart on your sleeve” type gal. But I truly *aspire* to be more like Mary both in the above, and in her prayer concerning the Word of God, “I am the Lord’s servant; may it be to me as you have said.” ♥ ♥ ♥
(see the Gospel of Luke, chapters 1-2)