… The Son of God will be called the Son of David. The greatest psalms will flow from his pen. We’ll call him king, warrior, minstrel, and giant killer. But today he’s not even included in the family meeting. He’s just a forgotten, uncredentialed kid, performing a menial task in a map-dot town.
What caused God to pick him? We want to know. We really want to know.
After all, we’ve walked David’s pasture, the pasture of exclusion.
We are weary of society’s surface level system, of being graded according to the inches of our waist, the square footage of our house, the color of our skin, the make of our car, the label of our clothes, the size of our office, the presence of diplomas, the absence of pimples. Don’t we weary of such games?
Hard work ignored. Devotion unrewarded. The boss chooses cleavage over character. The teacher picks pet students instead of prepared ones. Parents show off their favorite sons and leave their runts out in th field. Oh, the Goliath of exclusion.
Are you sick of him? Then it’s time to quit staring at him. Who cares what he, or they think? What matters is what your Maker thinks. “The Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (16:7)
Those words were written for the haqqatons of society, for misfits and outcasts. God uses them all.
Moses ran from justice, but God used him.
Jonah ran from God, but God used him.
Rahab ran a brothel, Samson ran to the wrong woman, Jacob ran in circles, Elijah ran into the mountains, Sarah ran out of hope, Lot ran with the wrong crowd, but God used them all.
And David? God saw a teenage boy serving him in the back woods of Bethlehem, at the intersection of boredom and anonymity, and through the voice of a brother, God called, “David! Come in. Someone wants to see you.” Human eyes saw a gangly teenager enter the house, smelling like sheep and looking like he needed a bath. yet, “the Lord said, ‘Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!'” (16:12)
God saw what no one else saw; a God-seeking heart. David, for all his foibles, sought God like a lark seeks sunrise. He took after God’s heart, because he stayed after God’s heart. In the end, that’s all God wanted or needed… wants or needs. Others measure your waist size or size of wallet. Not God. He examines hearts. When he finds on set on him, he calls it and claims it…
Sharon checks her rearview mirror… again. She studies the faces of other drivers… again. She keeps an eye out for him, because she knows he’ll come for her… again.
“Nothing will keep me from you” was the message Tony had left on her voice mail. “I’m your husband.”
Her ex-husband’s paroxysms of anger and flying fists and her black eyes had led to divorce. Still he neglected warnings, ignored restraining orders, and scoffed at the law.
So Sharon checks the rearview mirror… again.
Down the road, around the corner, an office worker named Adam does some checking of his own. He peeks in the door of his boss’s office, sees the empty chair, and sighs with relief. With any luck, he’ll have an hour, maybe two, before the Scrooge of the dot-com world appears in his doorway, likely hung over, angry and disoriented.
Scrooge Jr. inherited the company from Scrooge Sr. Running the business frustrated Junior. He reroutes his stress toward the employees he needs the most. Such as Adam. Junior rants and raves, gives tongue-lashings daily, and compliments with the frequency of Halley’s comet.
Sharon ducks her ex, Adam avoids his boss, and you? What ogres roam your world?
Controlling moms. Coaches from the school of Stalin. The pit-bull math teacher. The self-appointed cubicle commandant. The king who resolves to spear the shepherd boy to the wall.
The last one comes after David. Poor David. The Valley of Elah proved to be boot camp for the king’s court. When Goliath lost his head, the Hebrews made David their hero. People threw him a ticker-tape parade and sang, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” (I Sam. 18:7)
Saul explodes like the Vesuvius he is. Saul eyes David “from that day forward” (18:9). The king is already a troubled soul, prone to angry eruptions, mad enough to eat bees. David’s popularity splashes gasoline on Saul’s temper. “I will pin David to the wall!” (18:11)
Saul tries to kill Bethlehem’s golden boy six different times…
Wow, Goliath was way easier to deal with than Saul! At least he was straight up, in your face, challenging David. But Saul, he was a back stabbing, jealous, evil, psychopath. David did everything that he could to please him but Saul was having none of it. Why do you suppose that is?
Do you think it might be related to his feelings of guilt and he was striking out at David because David was who Saul wanted to be, but was not? That is the kind of impression that I get from this story.
Those who desire to have a connection to God but don’t are usually very jealous of those who do have it. Just like anything , we want what we don’t have.
What do you think about this excerpt?
Love and blessings to all,