– But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Mat 6:33)
I must apologize because unfortunately, our tea has cooled off…but I have plenty of ice…so grab a seat, let’s Sip and Enjoy!!
You see when David finally became king, and God had given him rest from all of the running and hiding from King Saul, David finally got a chance to sit down to rest!!
Yes!! He deserved some time to himself to exhale and to relax a little…So Yes!!
David rested a little…and he relaxed…a little more!!
And over time, I guess his throne either got a little too cozy, or else it got a little too uncomfortable, because David exchanged his chair for his couch.
David abandoned the chair and laid down on his couch and before he knew it, dawn had turned into dusk!!
Obviously, this had become a reoccurring routine in David’s life…when we meet him again in 2 Samuel 11:2.
David was stuck in a pattern of idelness…kinda like Eli!!
I hope you are familiar with Eli, the priest/judge at Shiloh, from Hannah’s story….well if you are, you will understand my analogy and the progression of David’s idleness.
If not…this story will give you some beneficial background.
You see, David had become sedentary, like Eli the high priest- who was caught lying down on the job, before the lamp of God had gone out in the temple….
If you can recall, when we first met Eli in 1st Samuel, he was sitting outside of the tabernacle, while Hannah was praying fervently…But Eli was kicked back and relaxed upon his seat.
- So Hannah rose after they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his seat beside a post of the temple (tent) of the Lord. (1 Samuel 1:9)
Eventually, Eli’s sitting turned into lying down…and soon after, Eli had lost his vision-literally!!
Remember when he (Eli) had accused Hannah of getting drunk, he could see then…because he noticed that her lips were moving…but now (in the subsequent verse below) we learn that Eli’s eyes cannot focus, as he has completely lost focus of his responsibilities in the tabernacle.
- At that time Eli, whose eyesight had dimmed so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was lying down (1 Samuel 3:2)
Day after day, it is very likely that this was Eli’s routine/pattern, until eventually he became blind and on the very same day that Eli died, he was still sitting down on the job!!
- And when he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell off the seat backward by the side of the gate.His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man and heavy. He had judged Israel forty years. (1Sa 4:18)
Scripture tells us that Eli was a ‘heavy’ man and the legs of the chair that he was ‘sitting’ on had collapsed underneath his weight, and Eli fell out of it and broke his neck!!
Now let’s look again at David!!
- One evening David arose from his couch… (2 Samuel 11:2)
Here we find David, laying down on the job…just like Eli!! Remember David was suppose to be away from the palace and on the battlefront!!
But David was upon his roof, walking around in the darkness, because the lamp of God had faded dim in his heart.
And now an unclean spirit, and probably seven more had come in and had taken up residency there!!
Now, instead of David looking up to the hills from which cometh his help, he was looking down from the height of his porch, for who might ‘becometh’ his next conquest!!
Yes!! David was now battling with the lust of the flesh, amongst other things…
And Like Eli, David had been sitting…and sitting…until he had finally laid down on God…and eventually, David had lost his vision as well!!
Let’s be clear, of course David had not been deprived of his physical ability to see…because he had clearly seen Bathsheba, bathing in her courtyard.
But like Eli, David had lost his focus and had lost his zeal for God!! Although David had once been active and alert in press and his praise of God, His worship had now grown cold – just like our tea😆
Have You ever found yourself pacing the floors like David, searching here and over there for something else to do, or for something to eat…or otherwise??
Well David had found himself restlessly, walking back and forth, pacing upon his rooftop, because David was no longer walking in his anointing, which had once flowed mightily in and through him; back when he had given The Lord first place in his life, and had surrendered his whole heart to God!!
Remember how David had danced before the Lord after they brought the ark of God back into the kingdom of Israel??
- And David danced before the Lord with all his might, clad in a linen ephod [a priest“s upper garment]. (2 Samuel 6:14)
When David had a pure and desperate heart for The Lord, his thirst for God had been unquenchable!!
He was like the deer that panteth after the water, and the lamp of God had burned bright in his heart.
When David had been haunting those caves in the wilderness, as a fugitive from Saul, his heart depended on God from moment to moment, and day by day!!
This was the David who knew God intimately, and affectionately; He was a man who had ‘faith-fully,’ regarded God daily!!
You see- David had become the man after God’s heart because, David had realized that his own (heart) could not continue to beat without God’s presence!!
But now David had became sedentary, because he had exchanged his chair for his couch, but he had also exchanged pens!!
You say…what does a pen have to do with this story??
Well, Remember in Part 1 of our story, David had been using the Power of the King’s pen for Evil!!
Well…what happened to David’s worship pen??
You know- the one that he used to use ‘on the regular,’ back when he used to write poetry to the Lord!!
Obviously…it had been long misplaced, or thrown out!!
And where was David’s lyre?? Most likely buried underneath his luggage, somewhere in the palace…covered in dust!!
Oh, and You know…David had once been pretty handy with a sling-shot too!!
Remember when Jesse had sent a young David to the battlefront with rations for his sons, and he heard the blaspheming mouth of Goliath, David had run to the battlefront with his handy-dandy sling shot in hand; He had been ready to put an end to Goliath’s affront against His God.
This was a difficult story for me…My Poor David!!😩
I Love💕 him so, but I had to spill the tea..
My Lord, Please Help Us…otherwise, this is what happens when we allow You to lose Your first place position, in the race for our hearts!!
Remember, we are suppose to seek God 1st!!
And His righteousness…
Then…all of ‘these’ things, God promises He will add to us, and for us!!
But I do at least have some Good News to Report: Next time when we meet, we will talk about David and his Penitent Heart, because even though God was terribly displeased with David’s evil behavior, He forgave David and put away his sin!!
– And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said to David, The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. (2 Samuel 12:13)
Now, Nobody can repent as woefully, and sorrowfully as David can!!
In this manner, at least I can say, we should be more like David!!
Let’s talk more about this, together in the comments section…
And Until Next Time,
God Loves💕You and So Do I!!