“Then David rested with his ancestors
and was buried in the City of David.”
1 Kings 2:10
How are we going to remember this great man? What comes into our mind when we contemplate
about this person’s illustrative life? Do we admire the man for all he had
achieved as a poet and a king, or do we abhor him for the sins of adultery and
murder he had mercilessly committed?
I admire David the man because I adore the Lord who was behind the man. David became who
and what he was merely because the Lord intended it to be. Without the Lord,
David would just have been an ordinary man like any earthling who lived his
share of earthly days and died.
Was David just an ordinary man? Indeed he was, even though he had great potential to
become great. Come to think of it, don’t we all have potential to become great?
Indeed, we all do. Why then, did the Almighty make him great and create us
The shepherd boy was becoming ordinary just like any of his neighbors and friends until the
day when Samuel suddenly showed up at his doorstep. Things changed dramatically
when ceremonial oil was poured upon his head and he was anointed to be
Yet David the shepherd lad remained the same even though a heavy crown of gold was placed
upon his head. He remained a man after God’s own heart his entire life.
I don’t have to be anointed as a king to become a man after God’s own heart, do I? I just
need to be anointed by the Holy Spirit and do what pleases the Lord; I will
become a man after God’s own heart.
Who is King David? Who am I? He was a king over a nation, and I still remain a person known
only unto the Lord and absolutely unknown to the world.
What material was David made of? He was created of mere dust and would return to dust like
all living beings. He was flesh and blood just like me, perhaps even more
fleshy and bloody than me, yet thousands bowed down to him and not a single
soul has ever bowed down to me.
Are we going to be overcome by self-pity, for we seem to be nothing and others appear to be
everything? Are we going to lead a life of misery, because we are not content
to be what and who we are? Why aren’t we David or Solomon? Well, even Saul would
David was God’s son, so are we; David loved the Lord with all his might; so do we; David
was a man after God’s own heart, which is something we all aspire to be as well.
David was great in men’s eyes, which is of no great significance in God’s
perspective. We are mere midgets in men’s eyes, but we can strive to be great
in God’s viewpoint by striving to love him more. No, David was no greater than
any of us; he was just called to perform something great. He was an ordinary
man with an extraordinary calling and fulfilled the mission the best he could.
Aren’t we all called to be and to do the same, albeit on a much smaller