Heart of David

2: Loved By All

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Why was David privileged to see the Lord Jesus so clearly and unmistakably? This 4-part series takes a closer look at the life and choices of the one God called a man after His own heart.


Saul lived for the praise of man; he even built a memorial to himself.

Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul; 
and it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul came to Carmel, 
and behold, he set up a monument for himself…”
1 Sam. 15:12 NASB

He violated a holy command just so people would admire him – “but the people…” (15:21).  He threw away his throne and even his God, preferring man’s acclaim.  His insane jealousy of the boy who simply served him and loved him was in part because everyone loved David.  Saul’s son loved David.  Saul’s daughter loved David.  The people loved David.  Saul’s servants loved David.  Saul’s army loved David.

Everyone loved David.

David loved those he loved.  But he was ever able to walk away, to give up and to leave any person.  No matter how close…  He found shelter for his family from Saul’s tyranny.  He was true to them.  Yet they never figured in his story nor – amazingly – in his writings.  And his brothers appeared to play no significant role in his kingdom. He was able to leave and ‘let be’ his basic relationships for the richness of his walk with God.

Michal, who scorned his abandoned worship, never bore him a child, indication of his leaving.  Jonathon ‘loved him more than his own soul.’  And gave his every treasure away to David, his armor, his sword… his own inherited throne (I Sam. 18:1-4).  But scripture carefully does not say that David returned a like measure of devotion, nor the same garments and weapons.  David vowed allegiance only at the insistence of Jonathon.  And Jonathan made David vow again because of his love for him, because he loved him as he loved his own life (1 Sam. 20:17).

David, capable of greater passion than most, reserved his best love, his sweetest intimacy… for God, who had earned his deepest allegiance.  The one who knows God by an intimate history, that one can love with all intensity but will never love a human with the earnest love that belongs to God.

I love you fervently and devotedly, O Lord my strength.
Psalm 18:1 Amplified

David’s one thing, the boiled-down-desire of all his huge capacity to desire, was only this: to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple… (Psalm 27:4b).  Not woman, not man, not thrones or kingdoms.  Not achievement nor lasting acclaim.  Just the Lord, his highest Love.

Copyright © 2002 Martha Kilpatrick, Heart of David

Other Articles in Heart of David Series

1: Fascination
2: Loved By All (Currently Viewing)
3: Being Human 4: Presence of God
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