There’s still hope for Doug

There’s still hope for Doug

Legacy is very important to me.  I want to leave something for my children (both natural and spiritual), to build upon.
Within the last 3 years or so I gave up on the idea of having much of a positive influence on their future. But maybe there’s still time…maybe there’s still hope.

Much of the transition of power from King David to his son Solomon is summarized in the 3rd chapter of 1 Kings.

It was verse 3 that caught my attention: 

“Solomon loved the Lord and followed all the decrees of his father David, except that Solomon too offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local places of worship. “

Concerning his father David, verse 6 says that Solomon said, (to the Lord), “You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this great and faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.”

Didn’t the new king know about David’s adultery with Bathsheba and the assignation of her husband?  

What did Solomon think it meant to be ‘honest, true and faithful’ to God?

Is it safe to say that God does not require perfection? Then what is it that God is looking for?

…God removed Saul and replaced him with David,
a man about whom God said,
‘I have found David son of Jesse,
a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’
Acts 13:22

That last sentence though…

God knew that David wasn’t perfect but He knew David’s heart, and that David would do whatever God asked him to do.

In Psalm 51, David deals with his sin before The Lord.  2 verses in particular (Psalm 51:16-17) seem to shed some light on why God used him in spite of his imperfections.

You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God

I see this same heart; this same humility in Solomon’s prayer to God (1 Kings 3:7-9)

David loved The Lord – and so did Solomon.  Love begat love.

And as to my opening statement – it appears that I can also pass on a humble and contrite heart before God.
I trust that they will know what that looks like in me …if I can demonstrate it.

That’s a legacy I can pass on

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