“For when David had served God’s purpose (in his own generation,) he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed.” Acts 13:36 (NIV)
What an interesting statement about King David - “When David had served God’s purpose (in his own generation)…” If you know anything about King David, he was not a perfect man by any means. The Bible records as many of his failures as it does his victories (you can read about all of this in 2 Samuel in the OT). And yet, under God’s direction, Luke who wrote Acts, says David had served God’s purpose. My sometimes cynical mind would like to add something to that statement - “and his own purposes as well.” Like when he stole a good friends wife, and then had that same friend killed. He also, in pride, counted his own army to glorify himself and not the LORD. But that is not what this verse says. It seems that God has forgotten all that. In fact, unlike us, God does not enjoy remembering failure, but instead delights in forgiveness. Micah 7:19 says, “Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!” God longs to have compassion on us and forgive us, but like David did, we must confess sinful actions and ask God’s forgiveness. We must then follow God with heart, soul, mind, and strength. Wouldn't you love the same said about you at the end of your life - “For when ________ had served God’s purpose…”. I take great comfort knowing that God, in his love and grace, took my sins away and has chosen to throw them into the depths of the sea (far, far away). Like a wise man once told me, “When God throws your sins into the ocean, don’t go fishing.” That wisdom has served me well; I hope it does the same for you!