David Recovering

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Kind David enjoyed a sparkling early life. With God’s help, he slew Goliath. He ascended the throne of Judah in a thoroughly honorable fashion. He played the harp and danced to the glory of God. He brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem as the people exulted with joy. David commanded a powerful army and ruled an extensive kingdom. What could go wrong?

Well, lust. Dishonesty. Malice. The king lost his way spiritually. His own son rebelled against him. David had to flee for his life.

Now, Peyton Manning had a rough night on Sunday.* But it was nothing compared to what King David went through late in life.

Bad as things got, though, David never lost his fundamental sense of right and wrong. When he had sinned, he knew it. And he admitted it. He never lost the humility of the shepherd boy he had been. Even at his lowest, David trusted in and revered God.

In other words, David never became self-centered. So, when his son was killed, even though Absalom had betrayed him, David wept. David had committed grave sins, but he never became hard-hearted. He would rather have died than see his son die, even though Absalom had been gunning brazenly for David’s life.

TP_278400_LYTT_DWILLIAMS_1Reverence for God keeps us from losing our way completely, even when we make mistakes. Yes, we fall. Tell lies, do wrong, mess up our obligations.

But if we always give God His due—if we pray every day and go to church every Sunday—then He gets us back on track somehow. He keeps our hearts close to Him. When we keep our religion intact, even if we sin, we can recover from our mistakes and find the right path again.

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* The Denver Broncos have gotten whupped in the Super Bowl before, by a similar score, by an NFC team from the other Washington. Super Bowl XXII ended 42-10.

Your humble servant witnessed it firsthand, in San Diego, on January 31, 1988, with his beloved younger brother, with tickets our venerable father lucked into. The man handed his 17- and 15-year-old sons two tickets to the Super Bowl and said, “Have at it. If you can get yourselves there, and be back before the first bell at school the following morning, I can’t wait to hear about it.” That’s how we rolled back in the 80’s, peeps.

In heaven, that’s the Super Bowl that will be on.

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One thought on “David Recovering

  1. Father Mark,

    Since “People are the language of God,” or at least that’s my opinion — the quote was quoted in “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” by Harold S. Kushner — where is Doug these days (I’m assuming that you’ve “stayed in touch”)? [how’s that for a convoluted sentence?].

    Frankly, I’m not a vindictive person; but my only hope of the Super Bowl (which I taped — on the chance that it might be well contested, and perhaps have good play — but largely did not watch) was that Richard Sherman might get his comeuppance for his — now too typical — “we’re # 1 — in your face” rant at the end of the Division Championship game. Ah, but it was for naught, almost Biblical, Luke 16:8, “And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. [Application of the Parable, emphasis & note by the USCCB] “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.”

    You know what I thought of David’s take on life, “Maybe the Lord has willed this, given my sinfulness”. However, what is probably coming tomorrow [and I actually haven’t looked] is another example of why I admire David’s generals (and his prophets — God’s actually — Samuel & Nathan). Confronting David was a dicey business at best; but the brave did it; and tomorrow, Joab will probably do it — oh, the expectation. Always, I’m reminded of Jesus’ description of Nathanael, “Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true Israelite.* There is no duplicity in him.” [John 1:47] . The Bible is filled with such men (and women); and they are an inspiration to us all.

    In God we trust.

    LIH,

    joe

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