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Mar. 12 – He Chose David

“He rejected the tent of Joseph; He did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, but He chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which He loves. He built His sanctuary like the high heavens, like the earth, which He has founded forever. He chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, Israel His inheritance. With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.” Psalm 78:67-72

Devotional Thought For The Day

Thus concludes this lengthy psalm which was written with this purpose: “so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.” [verses 7,8]  The psalmist focused on “the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might, and the wonders that He has done.” [verse 4] All of this comes from His Word, the written record of His love, mercy, forgiveness, and gracious salvation, which is ever at the heart and core of the faith and life of God’s people: “which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, that they would arise and tell them to their children.” [verses 5,6] Thus the true church of God continues on from generation to generation – regardless of all the nonsense, confusion, and demonic propaganda which predominates the culture and lives of the unbelieving.

Perhaps in the person of David we see most clearly the dynamics of God’s heart, and how sinful, fallen human beings are invited to relate to God and share in His salvation through faith. First, he was a lowly shepherd, without size or stature – but he became a valiant and indefatigable warrior. This happened through his faith and not by his own native abilities. For all his remarkable and admirable faith, however, he fell into very dark and difficult sins – lust, adultery, murder, lying, arrogance. Still, by means of God’s Word, His assurances of forgiveness, gracious mercy, and love, David continued in repentance and faith, by the power of God’s Spirit Who is in His Word. David reflected frequently upon the blessedness of “the man to whom the LORD does not impute his iniquity” [Ps. 32:2], the man who lives in God’s gracious forgiveness. He wrote: “I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.” [Ps. 32:5]

It is in this way, by sincere and genuine faith in God our Savior, in the face of all of his dark sin, shame, and guilt, that David “with upright heart” shepherded God’s dearly beloved children and “guided them with his skillful hand.” It was not his keeping of the law, his righteous behavior, that commended David to God – he confessed his dark transgressions; rather, it was that David kept repentance and faith – but this distinction is lost on the unbelieving and the misbelieving, who schizophrenically condemn the church for preaching righteous behavior [love, in keeping with God’s law], for forgiving and receiving repentant sinners, but for restricting and disciplining unrepentant sinners from the means of grace, absolution and the sacraments. They just don’t get it – that it is humble and sincere REPENTANCE and FAITH which God commands and insists upon.

But I pray that you understand these things – so that you also are rejoicing that God has chosen you and “made you wise to the salvation which is through faith in Christ Jesus,” by means of the Holy Scripture [2 Tim. 3:15].  Remember that it is His will that we be teaching this to others, and especially to our children, “that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, that they would arise and tell them to their children.” Thus the church will continue firm and secure in God’s Word, though certainly less populous and popular than the common variety wickedness and licentiousness of the perverse and corrupt generation around us and the multitude of wretched cults and sects that abound and prosper in the world, masquerading as the “righteous” ones. We will stick with David, God’s chosen servant, and with Jesus Christ, the true Son of God, and the salvation God has provided for us in Him, bearing the scathing criticisms, taunts, and barbs of the unbelieving, as we continue in humble repentance and faith.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, the wicked in this world do not understand the preciousness of Your forgiveness, or the beauty of Your loving embrace. We are pounded on from all sides – those devoted to wickedness and also those devoted to self-righteous law religion. The unbelievers rage against You and Your dear little flock. Preserve us in faith – You alone can save us. Amen.