3 Ways King David Served God by Learning to Love Himself
Written by Jenn Arman | September 29, 2013
Most of us know about King David. He was the second king of Israel, right after Saul, and under his reign Israel experienced a great time of protection and prosperity. David wrote more than half of the Psalms as hymns and prayers to God, many of which are the basis for our modern worship songs.
He seemed to have it all together. The Bible tells us that David was handsome and strong, and that he was a man after God’s own heart. That’s not to say David never messed up, because he did…quite a bit.
If David messed up, then how was he able to be a man after God’s own heart?
- David loved God first, above everything else in his life. Have you ever tried to love someone whom you felt was unlovable? Doing this without God becomes a draining, impossible task. When we make loving and serving God our very highest priority, however, God fills us to overflowing with His love, and we can draw upon this to love the people we find hardest to care about. This includes ourselves, because we often find it hardest to love ourselves.
- David always changed his focus. David always started with his focus on himself, his situation or his surroundings. When we do that, just like David, we focus on what we don’t like about ourselves or what’s wrong with our situation. Unlike us, however, David always ended by changing his focus. David might have started out looking with his eyes, but he always ended by looking at himself and his circumstances with God’s eyes.
- David accepted and acted on the advice of people wiser and stronger in the Lord. Take, for example, the incident between David and Bathsheba. David already had at least one wife, but he had an affair with Bathsheba anyway and then he arranged to have her husband killed in battle. Those aren’t very godly moves, are they? In 2 Samuel 12, we read that the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to David and confronted him about his sin. Once David understood that his actions had saddened and angered the Lord, he repented and asked what he needed to do to make it right. David could’ve gotten mad or chosen to ignore what Nathan said, but he didn’t. He chose to accept what was said to him and act upon it.
Girls, it’s easy to look at ourselves and think that we’ll never be as pretty, talented or popular as someone else. It’s easy to dismiss it when a friend, parent or other adult tells us that we’re beautiful and talented. We can choose not to believe what these people say about us, or we can choose to accept what they say and act on it, but looking at ourselves through God’s eyes.
Psalm 139:14 says: I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Girls, you’re wonderful because each of you is a work of God! You’ve been handcrafted by the Creator of the universe and He doesn’t rush His work. You’ve been created exactly as He intended, personality quirks and all. You weren’t made to be like everyone else; you were made to stand out, apart from everyone else, and to fulfill the purpose God has planned for you.
Learn to love God above all else in your life, and the love He fills you up with will spill over into everyone, yourself included!
Can you girls think of any other people from the Bible who let God teach them to love themselves?
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (Psalms 139:15-16)
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