Take some time to read David’s last words, but for me today, the thing that stuck out was in the first verse.
We started our devotions this week by asking the question: What are you known as?
Our passage today records David’s last words and these begin with how David was known:
Verse 1 David, the son of Jesse, speaks, David, the man who was raised up so high, David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, David, the sweet psalmist of Israel.
He was known by his heritage: David the son of Jesse
He was known by his position: David, the man who was raised up so high
He was known as a man of God: David, the man anointed by God
He was known by his declaration of faith: David, the sweet psalmist
I was confused by why we read David’s last words in 1 Samuel 23 because he doesn’t die till 1 Kings 2. Upon reading into this, the chapters we’re looking at this week are difficult to date which is why they’re grouped together towards the end of David’s life.
Life will end and like David we will be remembered. Most funerals will include:
Something about heritage, our family, where we came from.
Something about our position, what we did in our life, maybe our work
The question for us as Christians is will we, like David,
be known for our faith
or be known as someone who declared that faith.
David was described as such because he gave his life to serve God. In his final days David was only described as this because of how he used his previous days.
I don’t know if you’re like me, but my aspiration is that when I die I will be remembered as a man of faith in God.
What do you need to do, belief, declare now in order to be remembered as a person of faith?