How to fulfill God’s will – Part 1
It is a great privilege to be singled out by God, as a man or woman, who, in disposition and action, merits a place in God’s roll of honour. David, the king of Israel, was a man so recognised by God. Israel, neighbouring nations, future generations, foes, friends, enemies and supporters also knew him as a man of no mean reputation and honour. After a thorough X-ray of his past, present and future, God said, “…I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will”.
His life, call, character, concept, consecration, commitment and divine revelation about him showed he lived to fulfil God’s will despite opposition. He was opposed and persecuted, and faced danger like no other man in his time. He even suffered terrible consequences of his own moral failures; yet, he fulfilled God’s will for his generation.
David enjoyed divine favour, forgiveness, faithfulness, faith, fruitfulness, fulfilment and fellowship. And the New Testament Scripture reveals that after his earthly life and service for God, he went to heaven. His God-glorifying life provides useful lessons on accomplishing divine purpose amidst opposition, hatred, harassment and hostility. His victory over Goliath was a one-time event; how he daily swam against the tide of life-threatening harassments and danger, until he ascended the throne and fulfilled “all” the will of God, will guide present-day believers on how to overcome challenges, opposition and personal shortcomings, and live a fulfilled life to God’s glory.
David’s confession that, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered,” reveals that he experienced the blessedness of forgiveness, cleansing and conversion. Prior to being forgiven, he knew and acknowledged his transgressions in his prayer of repentance and faith in God’s mercy. Depending only on God for forgiveness and cleansing, his passionate plea to Him was: “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin… and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation…” (Psalm 51:2,9,10,12).
Every sinner needs to urgently pray for forgiveness like David. God granted his request and he received assurance of salvation that reflected in his praise to Him, Who “forgiveth all” iniquities. Everyone, who is saved, receives assurance that he is no longer under condemnation for past sins. Having obtained forgiveness, David consistently concentrated on God and His word, remained committed and set apart for Him through godly living and reverential fear.
He had a fixed purpose of heart to rejoice in God’s salvation and be valiant in serving Him. As he continued to abide in the Lord, he received divine revelation, not only on happenings on earth, but also what transpired in heaven. David was obviously born as a sinner like the rest of humanity, but he was graciously forgiven, converted, justified, cleansed, transformed and made holy and ready for heaven. The grace God bestowed upon him is still available for everyone, who will wholeheartedly seek the Lord today.
David was accomplished, because he “behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him”. He became uniquely different and isolated from a pack of others in honour and glory, because of his wise behaviour. Though he enjoyed the divine presence, he knew he must exercise God-given wisdom to stay alive to fulfill divine purpose by taking to his heels, when Saul hunted him.
Further Reading (King James Version): Acts 13:22; 1 Samuel 22:1,6-8; Psalms 32:1,2; 51:1-12; 103:1-3,12; 16:8; 4:1-4; 108:1,7,13; 110:1; 1 Samuel 18:14,15,28,30; 1 Kings 17:2,3; Jeremiah 36:19,26; Matthew 2:13,14; 10:23; 2 Samuel 3:1; 5:10; 1 Chronicles 11:9,10; 1 Kings 15:5; Isaiah 55:3-5; 1 Samuel 16:13; 18:14; Psalms 27:1-3; 37:4-6; 1 Samuel 23:2-4; 25:28; 1 Chronicles 29:1-3; 1 Samuel 24:4,5; 30:19-25; 1 Kings 11:34; Psalms 18:1-3; 63:1-8; 1 Samuel 17:34,35; 2 Samuel 5:25; Psalms 55:1,17; 39:1-4; 37:7-11; 27:1-4,8; 2 Samuel 22:1-3; Psalms 19:7-12; 19:10,11; 25:4,5,21; 139:1-4,23,24; 40:6-8; 27:4; 16:8; 131:1.