1 Chronicles 13:1 David (newly appointed king over the people) consulted with the commanders of the thousands and of the hundreds, with every leader. 2 David said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is the will of the LORD our God, let us send abroad to our kindred who remain in all the land of Israel, including the priests and Levites in the cities that have pasture lands, that they may come together to us. 3 Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us; for we did not turn to it in the days of Saul.” 4 The whole assembly agreed to do so, for the thing pleased all the people.
Saul was the first king of Isreal, but his reign ended badly. David, the second king of Isreal, sought to do better. In the early days of his reign, David acted to bring the ark of God to the city from which he ruled. V.3 tells us why, “for we did not turn to (the ark) in the days of Saul”. In other words, Saul failed to seek the counsel of God during his brief time as king. David would not make the same mistake. In this way David was a more faithful king than Saul ever was.
This is not to say that David didn’t make mistakes. To the contrary, he was flawed as anyone else. He did a poor job dealing with his own family, particularly his children. He allowed them to run roughshod over people, including himself. David was almost driven from power by his own son! In another case he failed to hold his son accountable for a brutal act of incest against his half-sister. And of course there is the matter of Uriah the Hittite, whom David had killed so he could take Uriah’s wife Bathsheba for himself.
David was a broken sinner like the rest of us.
BUT David was also a man of great faith in the Lord. He made good on his promise to seek the Lord’s counsel regularly during times of trouble. He took time to offer lavish praise in times of celebration. For all of his flaws, David was truly a man after God’s own heart. Frankly, I’m encouraged by this because I have so many shortcomings.
This morning I’m thinking about my own commitment to seek the Lord in my personal life and in my calling as a pastor. It’s time to lean into my relationship with the Lord. To seek his counsel. Lord, give me faith to be more like David – flaws and all. Amen.