Friday, October 10, 2008

Life would be so simple.....

"She said, 'Life would be so simple if we all just learned to pray'. "
This single line from the song " Everything Little Thing" by Hawk Nelson is what I first thought of while reading about David this afternoon.
As I was reading in 2 Samuel I noticed a phrase that kept repeating itself.
"And David prayed to God...."
Before every battle these words were written. I found that quite interesting. I wonder about my everyday life, minute by minute. How many times do I go to God seeking direction? How many times do I make snap decisions, decisions that need God at their very center?
Looking back, not many. Yes I pray. But do I wait around and listen for an answer?

David demolished enemy after enemy. If I were David, and I'm glad I wasn't, I would have thought after the first couple of enemy smashings that I could do it on my own and not consult God. Good thing I'm me and not David!

And David's humbleness just blows me away. He restored all of Saul's properties to Saul's lame grandson (not uncool...but actually lame as in can't walk...thought I would clarify), Jonathan's son. And in 2 Samuel 7:18-29 David prays one of the most touching prayers. Here is the beginning:
"Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that's nothing compared to what's coming, for you've also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow, my Master God! What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am. You've done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are-out of your very heart!-but you've let me in on it"
After all of David's accomplishments and in spite of his adoring fans, he still falls on his knees in front of his Adonai and wonders why God chose him to bestow all of these blessings upon.

As I read further I noticed a story where the words "David prayed to God" were no where to be found. The story of David and Bathsheba. Hmmm...I wonder why!? I think David already knew the answer to that prayer.
ok..Panera is about ready to close, gotta wrap it up!
This is the aforementioned song. "Every little thing" by Hawk Nelson.

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