I wonder about Old Testament King David. The Bible highlights his life and relationship with the Lord, while not hiding his dirty laundry. You know the stories of his bravery, and devotion to God, along with his moral and political failures, displaying a far from perfect life. Such a mixed bag. Much like me… and you.
Also, I wonder about myself. My commitment to Jesus mottled with sins of varied kinds. Lies told. Mean thoughts about someone I seemingly like. If they only knew. Shortcuts are taken that gives me a certain advantage in life. Think I’ll stop there. You get the point. You can add your own.
At the end of Psalm 78, there’s a reference to God choosing David to lead His people–‘He (God) chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people…With upright heart, he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand’ (Psalm 78:70-72).
No mention of his failures. As if what matters most is David’s single-hearted devotion to God. No whispers here of his shady and shoddy life. None. He’s aligned with the One, true God. When the chips are down, that’s what counts. Being faithful to God.
That’s what the Lord finds in His servant David. He’s true blue. Dyed in the wool. Loyal and dependable. No matter how far he’s drifted from God’s target, he knows his way home. David returns to God. And so must we as we travel life’s rocky roads, taking wrong turns, winding up stuck in dodgy deadends. But home is where we know who’s bought us out of sin’s slavery, who saves us by forgiving and forgetting our sins (only God does that).
Travel home…to Jesus. The backdoor light is on. The door unlocked. Come on in. Welcome home. He’s been waiting for you. Arms wide open. Lifting us up, putting us back on our feet… for Him. Dignity restored. Purpose in life now focused… on Him.
There’s truly no place like home… with Jesus.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for making us your own. Amen.